All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said instead of threatening him with a defamation notice the Lokpal bill draft committee co chair Shanti Bhushan should set the record straight in the NOIDA plot allotment case.
Singh promised full cooperation to social activist Anna Hazare if he launched an agitation against chief minister Mayawati or her ministers for indulging in corruption. “The Congress will provide him all the documents and extend full cooperation if he launched an agitation in Uttar Pradesh,” said Singh while speaking to media persons at Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters here.
Singh was here to address an office bearers meeting of the MNREGA cell of UPCC here. Singh spoke about the UPA government’s action in corruption cases. He targeted the BJP for remaining soft and attacked Mayawati government on the issue.
“Bhushan should not threaten me with a defamation notice. I have not received any notice so far. I will reply all the issues in the court. The people expect Bhushan to come clean,” said Singh while speaking to media persons at Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters here.
Singh said his observations against Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan were based on media reports. As per reports a notice for evasion of stamp duty had been given to them, said Singh. Instead of serving him a notice for defamation Bhushan should give the same to the officer who issued the notice or the Mayawati government, said Singh.
About the demand for Bhushan’s resignation as draft committee co chair Singh said it was a matter of Bhushan’s conscience. “Bhushan is a sensitive person. I leave the decision to his conscience. He takes care of people,” said Singh.
AICC general secretary said Bhushan and his son got two 10000 square metres plots in NOIDA. Singh said there was no information about the draw of lots and no list was released. He also attacked Bhushan for saying that the controversial CD having conversation between him and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was doctored. This reflected on a new trend of accused conducting the investigations against them, said Singh. He got the CD examined himself, said Singh. In such a case A Raja should also have been allowed to conduct investigations in 2G scam case, he said.
Singh said the UPA government had always acted against those indulging in corruption. Singh said a union minister and secretary of the communication ministry were in jail following action in the 2G scam case. The UPA had also brought into force the money laundering law, he said. Singh said the BJP however had not acted in the cases of corruption against its senior leaders and the chief ministers of Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh etc.
About the corruption in UP Singh said the Mayawati government was targeting honest officers. Singh referred to the suicide of senior IAS officer Harmindar Raj Singh, and the murders of two chief medical officers Vinod Kumar Arya and BP Singh in Lucknow to make his point. The honest officers were under pressure, he said. The Congress would file a public interest litigation (PIL) to demand a CBI inquiry to probe these cases, he said.
Singh said the Congress would also file a PIL to demand a CBI into the state government’s move of selling the sugar mills. Singh urged the State Information Commission to ensure that all the information was provide on the requests made under the Right to Information Act or else the party would approach the Central Information Commission.