Hasan Ali case: AIADMK demands recall of Puducherry LG

Last Updated: Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 13:23

Puducherry: The opposition AIADMK on Sunday demanded that the President recall Puducherry Lt Governor
Iqbal Singh as he had been facing "several controversies" ever
since his appointment to the post in 2009 including the one
relating to the procurement of passport to Pune stud farm
owner Hasan Ali Khan.

"The post of Lt Governor is a sacrosanct position in the
Constitution. Any slur caused by its incumbent would be
totally objectionable," AIADMK secretary of the Puducherry
unit, A Anbalagan, told reporters urging the President to
recall Singh in the next two days "to save the constitutional
sanctity" of the gubernatorial post.

"When an IAS officer in UP has been shifted from his
present post in the wake of the allegations revolving around
the Hasan Ali Khan passport issue, how can an incumbent of
post of Lt Governor be let to go free even when he is in the
eye of the storm in the issue," Anbalagan asked.

He said AIADMK would write to the President pleading for
Singh`s recall.

Facing ED summons for his alleged links with Hasan Ali
Khan, Singh had yesterday written to the Union Home Minister
admitting that he had recommended expeditious issue of
passport to him but claimed he did not know him.

Singh, in a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram here, who
he met on Friday, said he had made the recommendation for Khan
at the behest of a Bihar Congress leader.


First Published: Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 13:23

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