Court summons does not make one guilty: Congress

It was Manmohan Singh, who pushed for auctions in coal block allocations, says Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha.

Updated - November 16, 2021 08:31 pm IST

Published - March 11, 2015 03:16 pm IST - New Delhi

With former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh summoned as accused by a special court in a coal scam case, Congress on Wednesday said that receiving court summons does not make one guilty.

“Sorry to puncture the brouhaha, but receiving a court summons does not make one guilty. That is elementary law. Right?”, party spokesman Sanjay Jha said in a series of tweets.

Mr. Jha insisted that it was former PM Singh who pushed for auctions in coal block allocations. “He sought transparency, resisted by BJP-ruled states.”

“The truth is coal block dubious allocations were all in non-Congress ruled states; MP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, WB etc”, he said.

Dr. Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-coal secretary P.C. 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.

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