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First father, now son

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 01:47 IST
K.S. Tomar
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THE RAJASTHAN Congress on Friday suspended Jagat Singh, son of former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh, indicted by the Pathak Inquiry Authority in the oil-for-food scam.

Rajasthan Congress Committee president B D Kalla said Jagat Singh, an MLA from Laxmangarh in Alwar, had been suspended for “misconduct thereby bringing disrepute to the party”.

The PCC chief said a show cause notice had been sent to Jagat at his father's address at 19 Trimurti Lane, Delhi. The notice tells Jagat that he had used the office of his father “who was the chairman of the AICC foreign cell to get favour from the Iraqi authorities.”

Jagat reacted to the development saying he had not got the PCC notice.

Besides, he said, the PCC did not have the jurisdiction to suspend him since he was a member of the AICC.

Sources said through the suspension, the Rajasthan PCC wanted to tell party workers to keep away from the August 23 rally being held in Jaipur to express solidarity with Natwar.  Earlier, the Rajasthan Jat Mahasabha had urged members to join the ‘Kisan Swabhiman Rally’ to support Natwar.