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Volckers controversy: BJP asks govt to reveal fresh documents

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New Delhi, Apr 13 (UNI) The BJP today asked the Government to take the people and Parliament into confidence over new revelations about the scam in the Oil for Food Programme for Iraq and demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter to bring out the facts.

Talking to newspersons, BJP spokesman Arun Jaitley referred to a private TV channel revelations that the former External Minister Natwar Singh had written to then Iraq's Dy PM Tariq Aziz to introduce one of his relatives Andaleeb Sehgal.

The Volckers Committee in its report had named Mr Natwar Singh and Congress as non-contractual beneficiaries.

Accusing the government of not revealing the whole truth, Mr Jaitley said the PM had first given a clean chit to Mr Natwar Singh as soon as the controversy had broken out. But later he made him resign from the Government.

Now after the revelation that Mr Natwar Singh had written to Mr Aziz, Mr Singh and the government were keeping mum.

It was a fit case to be registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, he said.

It was paramount that the Government take the people and parliament into confidence over the issue and order a thorough inquiry into it, he said.

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