Terming as "unfortunate" the show cause notices served on him and his son by Enforcement Directorate in the Iraqi oil-for-food scam, Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on Sunday said his lawyers would give befitting reply to the department.
"This is very unfortunate state of affairs that a Department of Central Government is harassing and trying to defame me," Singh, on a tour to Rajasthan, said.
"This is very unfortunate that even after nine months of probe by the Pathak probe panel, I was given a clean chit and the probe authority made it clear that there was no financial irregularities or personal financial gain to me.
"This move of the ED has surprised me and I can only say that they (ED) are trying to justify there 10-11 months work though they have found nothing against me," he said.
He said it was a "sorry state of affair" in the country that a particular department of the Central Government was going overboard in "harassing and defaming me."
Asked whether he was intending to file any defamation case against the ED as reported by some section of media, Singh said, "Everyone is saying what they want. Even media is doing so. No one has contacted me and why should I file a defamation suit. My lawyers will examine the whole issue and then reply to the ED."
Singh and others are believed to be filing reply to the ED notices by September 14.
The former External Affairs Minister said he would be returning to the national capital soon after his thanks giving to the people of his constituency who had organised a massive rally in his support.