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The three-page report agrees with the findings of the Pathak Inquiry Authority

  • No material to show Natwar Singh derived any financial, personal benefit
  • Pathak report to be forwarded to Enforcement Directorate for action

    NEW DELHI: The Government on Monday accepted the conclusions of the Justice Pathak Inquiry Authority, which found no evidence of the Congress' involvement in the transactions for oil contracts obtained from Iraq.

    In its Action Taken Report (ATR), tabled in Parliament, the Government said it had decided to forward the Pathak report "in its entirety" to the Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, and the Central Board of Excise and Customs to be treated as information and for "such action as may appear to them warranted under law."

    The three-page ATR agreed with the findings of the Pathak Inquiry Authority, which indicted the former External Affairs Minister, K. Natwar Singh, for his role in "influencing and facilitating" procurement of oil contracts.

    "There is no material to show that Natwar Singh derived any financial or other personal benefit from the contracts. As regards the Indian Congress party, it has been shown as a non-contractual beneficiary with respect to contract no. M/10/57."

    "The Inquiry Authority has found no evidence that the Congress party was involved in the contract and that it derived any benefit at all from the contract. Indeed, there is nothing to show that the Congress party had anything to do with the contracts M/09/54 and M/10/57," the ATR said.

    It noted that there "is not a shred of evidence to link the Congress party to the transactions, and on examination of all the documents and material before it, the Inquiry Authority believed that no wrongdoing can be attributed to the Congress party."

    The Authority submitted a 118-page report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 3.

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