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Massive controversy erupts after court summons former PM Manmohan Singh as accused

New Delhi(PTI/ANI): Extremely upset with the summons issued to him in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that the truth will prevail in the case. “Of course, I am upset, but this is a part of life. I am sure that truth will prevail and I will get a chance to put forward my case with facts,” he told the media in Parliament. LIVE Massive controversy erupts after court summons former PM Manmohan Singh as accused

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-coal secretary PC Parakh and three others were today summoned as accused by a special court in a coal scam case pertaining to allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 and asked to appear before it on April 8.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar summoned the six accused on April 8 for the alleged offences punishable under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) of the IPC and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

Extremely upset with the summons issued to him in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that the truth will prevail in the case. “Of course, I am upset, but this is a part of life. I am sure that truth will prevail and I will get a chance to put forward my case with facts,” he told the media in Parliament.

Reactions poured in from various politicians.

Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said the law will take its own course in the coal blocks allocation scam case, but added that an honest former prime minister like Manmohan Singh should have monitored the process to check if something was going wrong at the lower level in his government.

“The law will do its work. It is not a big deal,” Yadav told ANI here. “Manmohan Singh is an honest person, but if something was going wrong at the lower level, he should have seen it,” he added.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majid Memon on Wednesday said one has to see the contents of the orders as to how the court thought that it is satisfied with regard to the prima facia case against former prime minister Manmohan Singh in the coal scam case, adding that there is every opportunity open to the proposed accused persons to question it.

Memon said the proposed accused, who has been summoned belatedly by the orders of the court, has all the rights to challenge this issue. “In fact, we will have to see the contents of the orders as to how the learned court thought that it is satisfied with regard to the prima facia case against the former prime minister ,” Memon told ANI here. “Definitely this is a matter of concern where political fallout apart legally there is every opportunity open to the proposed accused persons to question it in the High Court or even appear before the trial court,” he added.

Supreme Court advocate and Rajya Sabha MP KTS Tulsi on Wednesday expressed ‘surprise’ over the summons issued to Singh, opining that there was no evidence against the economist for the same. “It is quite surprising because according to whatever knowledge I have, there was no material against him except that he had conceded the request of the chief minister of Odisha, who said that this is a number one project in the state and is going to provide maximum employment. On that basis, the letter of recommendation was forwarded by Manmohan Singh,” Tulsi told the media.

“It is beyond my comprehension as to how this can constitute an offence in upholding the basic feature of the federal structure of the Constitution of India,” he added.

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With agency inputs.

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