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Natwar gave reference letters: Jagat

He asks if someone made money with the help of the letter provided by ex-EAM, then whose fault it is.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 14:40 IST

Jagat Singh, son of former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh, on Friday conceded that his father wrote letters of introduction for the Indian businessmen to do business in Iraq.

However, he said neither oil nor any contracts were mentioned in those letters and that he and his father cannot be held responsible if Andaleeb Sehgal and others did business with the help of those letters.

"My father is not denying writing these letters. But neither is oil mentioned in the letters nor contracts, business or money mentioned," Jagat told TV channels.

Justifying writing those letters, he said "if a politician is approached by an individual or Indian businessman and asked for a letter of introduction a letter of introduction is given. And that is what politicians do. What else a politician will do with his letterheads. We don't make paper plates of our letterheads."

Jagat said he has seen the contents of the letters which said "I am sending an Indian businessmen. Please, help him do business in your country, if you can."

"If these people (Andaleeb Sehgal and others) have made money with the help of the letter provided by Natwar Singh, it is their good luck. Whose fault is that," Jagat added.

Challenging the findings of Volcker Committee, Jagat Singh said "it says that Natwar Singh and the Congress party are non-contractual beneficiaries. This means that the Congress Party and Natwar Singh have received money."

"But then they (Pathak Inquiry Authority) are saying that Natwar and I have not received any money which proves that Volcker's report is wrong," he added.

Asserting that his father has not done anything wrong, the Congress MLA said "we are concerned with law and the Pathak authority. What the Congress thinks, is none of our concern. Natwar Singh has not done any wrong because he has not asked for any contract or business for these people."

On the leak of the Pathak Inquiry Authority report, he said "these are the double standards of the Finance Minister P Chidambaram. When some of the private TV channels have the report then how is it that the finance minister is saying that there is no leak."

He also said that there was an international angle to the whole episode. "These days international politics is a big issue. View the entire episode from that angle," he said hinting at the role of America behind the issue.

When asked if he meant America, Jagat said "you are mature enough to understand things." 

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