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Fernandes wants apology from Cong for 'Coffingate' allegations

With his name not figuring in the CBI chargesheet in the coffin scam, former defence minister George Fernandes today demanded an apology from Congress for alleging his involvement in the 2002 case.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2009 12:57 IST

With his name not figuring in the CBI chargesheet in the coffin scam, former defence minister George Fernandes today demanded an apology from Congress for alleging his involvement in the 2002 case.

With his name not figuring in the CBI chargesheet in the coffin scam, former defence minister George Fernandes on Monday demanded an apology from Congress for alleging his involvement in the 2002 case.

"I needed no 'clean chit' from the CBI to know that the aluminium casket purchase issue had never even come to my
table during my tenure as defence minister let alone my drinking the blood of martyrs, as the Congress accused me of
doing," the JD-U leader said in a press statement in New Delhi.

Fernandes had come under the scanner following allegations that poor quality aluminium caskets were bought
from the US at "exorbitant rates" to transport bodies of Kargil martyrs.

The CBI filed a chargesheet in the scam on August 19 against four people, including two retired Army officials and
one serving officer, but did not name the ex-minister.

Accusing the Congress of 'demoralising' the troops by launching a "false political attack" on him, Fernandes said,


"Can we expect even a squeak of an apology?"