Punish me if I am guilty; I am not above law: Amar

Amar Singh
New Delhi, May 20: Putting up a brave face after Allahabad High Court ordered the ED to probe money laundering charges against him, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh today (May 20) said he should be punished if found guilty as he is not above.

The expelled Samajwadi Party leader claimed he had himself written to Union Finance Ministry demanding that allegations against him be probed by Enforcement Directorate.

"I had also written to the Corporate Affairs Minister saying that I be probed by the Corporate Affairs Ministry," he told reporters.

The High Court has asked the ED to probe the matter, taking a serious view of the allegation made by the petitioner that Singh, as the Chairman of the UP Development Council during SP rule in UP, "had indulged in money laundering business by creating a web of shell companies."

Singh said Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has replied to his letter saying that the order of Calcutta High Court will be final in the matter of merger of companies.

"And if I have indulged in some scam when I was chairman of UPDC or in PWD or in Power Ministry or had I got some benefit from companies involved in the 2G scam...the UP government should forward the proof to the ED," he added.

"The Allahabad High Court has done me a favour by referring the matter to ED. At least there will not be a two- pronged inquiry against me...no double-edged sword. I am not above law. I should be punished if I am found guilty," the former SP leader said.

He said the FIR lodged against him at Babupurwa Police Station in Kanpur on October 15, 2009 by a local resident alleges that he gave contracts worth thousands of crores of rupees during his stint.

"They are probing for 20 months but are yet to get any proof...the ED has also written to UP government several times but they have not given the ED any proof," he claimed.


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