Volcker: Natwar's kin admits to a role
Aditya Khanna 'had played a part in transferring kickbacks to beneficiaries', officials said without elaborating.Updated: May 24, 2006 19:21 IST
With Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate on his tail for allegedly channelling funds from the UN oil-for-food programme, former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh's kin Aditya Khanna on Wednesdayadmitted to a role in the scam before the Pathak Inquiry Authority.
Khanna, who was intensely grilled by the panel about his role in the oil-for-food scam, admitted to having played a part in transferring kickbacks to "beneficiaries", Authority officials said without elaborating.
Khanna, brother of Congress MLA from Sangroor Arvind Khanna, is alleged to have received the payments from Masefield, the company which got contracts in the oil-for-food scam from Iraq.
Authority officials, however, said that Khanna had not given a clear picture of the entire financial transactions involved in the scam and was likely to be re-called soon.
The IT Department is already probing into the financial transactions of Khanna for the past five years in an effort to trace the money which was reportedly routed from his London bank account to another at Parliament Street in order to be disbursed among the beneficiaries.
The probe comes close on the heels of the Enforcement Directorate's preparation of the "show cause" notice, a virtual charge sheet under FEMA, to people who allegedly received kickbacks in the scam.
Meanwhile, it is understood that a "blame-game" is on between Khanna and Director of Hamadan Exports Andaleeb Sehgal, who was examined on Tuesday by the body, in which both are pointing fingers at each other of being the "brain" behind the Indian version of the Iraqi oil scandal.
First Published: May 24, 2006 18:09 IST