ED likely to issue show cause notice to Natwar
The Enforcement Directorate is likely to issue showcause notices soon to former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh.india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 02:55 IST
The Enforcement Directorate is likely to issue showcause notices soon to former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh and at least five other persons in connection with alleged irregularities in the oil-for-food scam in Iraq brought out by Volcker Committee.
ED sources said a show cause notice to the former External Affairs Minister will be issued soon as the Directorate had stumbled upon a letter purportedly written by Singh to former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz introducing businessman Andaleeb Sehgal, a friend of his son Jagat Singh, and recommending him for contracts under the UN-sponsored Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq, agency sources said on Saturday night.
The former External Affairs Minister would be given time to reply to the notice for allegedly abetting violations under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
Under FEMA, abettement is also construed as violation of the Act.
Besides Singh, Sehgal, his son Jagat, some more people will be issued the showcause notices.
Natwar Singh could not be reached for his comments.