Volcker issue: Panel examines AICC treasurer

Though the session had lasted for over 45 minutes, the senior Congress leader refused to say anything to reporters.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 20:39 IST

AICC treasurer Motilal Vora on Thursday appeared before the Pathak Authority, a day after the one-man probe panel quizzed former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh.

Though the session had lasted for over 45 minutes, the senior Congress leader refused to say anything to reporters maintaining that the nature of enquiry was confidential.

"I replied to whatever queries put to me," he remarked, without specifying the nature of the queries.

The Congress had already given some written communication to the Authority some two months ago, he said, adding the AICC had always maintained that it was not involved in the Iraqi oil pay-offs.

The party and Natwar were named as "non-contractual beneficiaries" in the oil-for-food scandal by the Volcker Committee report.

Moreover, Andaleeb Sehgal, director of Hamdaan Exports, who is also listed as one of the beneficiaries, is understood to have deposed before the panel that Natwar had given him two letters of introduction on AICC letterheads addressed to the Iraqi Oil Ministry.

Vora has been the treasurer of the AICC since July 2000.

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 20:39 IST