Volcker: Congress sacks Jagat Singh
The MLA from Lakshmangarh has been expelled following failure to respond to show cause notice issued to him.india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 21:18 IST
Jagat Singh, who along with his father and former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh has been indicted in the Iraqi oil-for-food scam, was on Tuesday expelled from the Congress party for indiscipline and misconduct.
Acting on the recommendations of a disciplinary committee headed by senior leader Pradhyuman Singh, the party decided to expel Jagat, the sitting MLA from Lakshmangarh, after he failed to reply to the show cause notice issued to him on August 18 when he was suspended from the party following his indictment by the Justice Pathak Authority.
"Apart from defying the show cause notice after suspension from the party on August 18, Jagat was involved in the pro-Natwar Swabhiman rally and openly assailed many senior Congress leaders from the dais on August 23, which was highly deplorable," PCC President Dr BD Kalla said.
The PCC executive committee had on August 23 approved the suspension of Jagat, and now after considering the recommendation of disciplinary committee, he was expelled, Kalla said.
He said that a letter notifying Jagat about the expulsion from the party had already been issued.
The Pathak Authority had indicted Natwar Singh and Jagat for misusing their positions to favour some people close to them in procuring oil contracts from the Saddam Hussein regime in 2001.
Following their indictment, both of them were suspended from the party.