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Natwar case: Cong in no hurry to proceed further

india Updated: Aug 29, 2006 22:30 IST

Congress appears not to be in a hurry to proceed further against suspended leader K Natwar Singh.

No meeting of the party's Disciplinary Action Committee has been scheduled so far despite the former External Affairs Minister replying to the showcause notice way back on August 22.

Singh has been striking a defiant note and has sought to question the right of the DAC, headed by senior leader AK Antony, to suspend him and insisted that party President Sonia Gandhi should decide his future in the organisation.

Singh told a rally in Jaipur last week, which was an apparent show of strength, that he was not aware what follow-up action would be taken by the party in the wake of the reply "but I will not kneel down".

Singh has been claiming that the Pathak Inquiry Authority report into Volcker findings on Iraqi oil scam gave him and his son Jagat Singh a clean chit as it "revealed that we did not take a single paise in the scam".

Jagat Singh has remarked he was 'ashamed' to be a Congressman.

Being a member of the Rajya Sabha, Natwar Singh, despite his suspension, will have to abide by the party whip. This, a section in the party feels, is working to the advantage of the organisation.