Question Sonia on Volcker issue: Advani
The cases against Sonia and Natwar were registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and Prevention of Corruption Act.india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 11:35 IST
Stepping up BJP's offensive on the Volcker issue, Leader of Opposition LK Advani on Monday demanded questioning of Congress President Sonia Gandhi after registration of cases against her party and former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh.
The cases against Sonia and Natwar were registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and Prevention of Corruption Act.
Making a scathing attack on the UPA Chairperson for her silence on the issue, he asked her to come clean on her party's role in the matter as also the findings of the probe panel and the Enforcement Directorate.
"The BJP demands that the case must be immediately registered by the CBI against Natwar Singh under the FCRA and PCA. This alone will enable CBI to send letters derogatory to Swiss and other foreign governments to track the money trail and pinpoint the end beneficiaries in the food-for-oil scam.
"Investigating agencies should also question the Congress President in the course of their probe," he said on the fifth day of his 6000-km long 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra'.
The senior BJP leader said "Natwar is reported to have written at least three letters to Iraqi authorities citing the fraternal links between Congress party and Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party to seek benefits under Iraq's Oil-for-Food Programme."
"The involvement of other well-connected Congress men has come to light. Thus the taint is spreading inspite of the best efforts of Congress party and Government to contain it," the former Deputy Prime Minister alleged.
He also made a reference to a Congress MLA from Punjab in this connection.
First Published: Apr 10, 2006 11:35 IST