Manohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, on being summoned by a special court as an accused in a case on coal block allocation, told that he was upset, but strongly believed that truth would prevail. While talking to reporters on Wednesday, Manmohan Singh, though upset, termed it as a part of life, and said that it would provide him with a chance to present his side of the case. He further added that he had always been amenable to legal scrutiny.
The case related to the allocation of coal block of Talabira II in Odisha in 2005 when the former Prime Minister had also held the coal portfolio among others. Bharat Parashar, the special judge, took cognizance of the final investigation report of the CBI, as he thought, it contained on the face of it, enough evidence against Manmohan Singh to summon him.
Meanwhile, Congress has hastily commented that issuing of court summons did not make one guilty. Kapil Sibbal, former Union Minister, told NDTV that no Indian believed Manmohan Singh to be corrupt or a law breaker. He reiterated Congress’s resolve to defend the former prime minister with all its might. Two other spokespersons of Congress also came in defense Mr. Singh whom they referred as a person of utmost probity and integrity. On the other hand, Prakash Javadekar denied any vindictiveness in the pursuing of the case, and said that it being the Congress which called the tune, the former economist Prime Minister had to face the music.
The court has along with Manmohan Singh five others that include eminent industrialist KM Birla, former coal secretary PC Parakh and officials of M/s Hindalco, the company to which the coal blocks had been allocated.