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India-bashing US legislator in trouble

world Updated: Jul 21, 2011 23:09 IST
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India baiter US Congressman Dan Burton may find a re-election bid to the Congress in 2012 a tough task after reports that he was recipient of money from a man accused of being a spy for Pakistan's ISI.

After the arrest of Ghulam Nabi Fai on charges of working for the ISI, U.S. media has been reporting that Indiana's longest serving Congressman, Burton, received more than $10,000 in contribution from him.

"It's the latest political problem for a Republican under fire by members of his own party," said the local WishTV8 in a news report from Indianapolis.

"Scandal highlights Burton's challenges," said the headline of the news report.

"The news that Congressman Burton is touched by a fundraising scandal will only make him more vulnerable," the news report said.

Known for his pro-Pakistan views and anti-India agenda, local news reports said, Burton faces a tough challenge this time. Burton has strongly refuted the allegations against him.

"For as long as I've known him, Dr Fai has been either a permanent legal resident of the United States or a citizen and as such any political contributions I may have received from Dr Fai over the years are completely legal," he said in a statement.