No probe into Pathak report leak: Govt

Govt's rejection comes even as the RS chairman terms the leak a serious matter that needs to be investigated.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 00:45 IST

The Government on Thursday ruled out any probe into the leakage of the Pathak Inquiry Authority report on the Iraq oil contract, saying that there was no breach of privilege.

"There is no question of a probe because there is no breach of privilege of Parliament," Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi said.

The Government's rejection comes even as Rajya Sabha chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat said that the leak was a "serious matter" and needed to be investigated.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee had voiced a similar view in the House on Monday.

The inquiry report has indicted former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh and his son Jagat Singh for misusing their positions to favour some people close to them in procuring oil contracts from Saddam Hussein regime in 2001.

First Published: Aug 10, 2006 18:03 IST