EAM Shri K. Natwar Singh issued the following statement today from Frankfurt:

BEGINS

I have seen The Hindu report which quotes the Volcker report on Iraq’s Oil-for-Food programme as having listed my name as one of the beneficiaries along with that of the Congress Party, in its annexure. I am deeply shocked and outraged by these allegations which are baseless and untrue.

My record in public life for the past fifty years and more has been an open book. My personal integrity has never been questioned. I will, of course, examine the report in detail on my return and meet the Prime Minister and the Congress President.

This is obviously part of the continuing campaign to malign the Congress Party and its senior leaders and functionaries.

ENDS

Frankfurt
October 29, 2005

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