Bhopal: Congress general secretary, Digvijay
Singh on Tuesday alleged that Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker,
Ishwar Das Rohani, was shielding some persons associated with
the banned outfit SIMI, and involved in illegal mining in
Rohani denied the allegations, and said he would quit
politics if Singh could prove them.
Talking to reporters at Assembly press room here, Singh
said, "If Rohani has the guts, he is welcome to file a
defamation suit." According to Singh, Rohani had given
protection to Abdul Razzaq, who is the head of Jamat-e-Ahle
Hadees, and his son, Sartaj, an activist of Students Islamic
Movement of India, who indulges in illegal mining.
The Congress general secretary claimed that he had
evidence to buttress his charges.
In his reaction, Speaker Rohani challenged Singh to prove
the allegations. "If Singh proves any of the above charges,
then I will quit the politics," Rohani told reporters.
Rohani also said that Congress could ask the central
probe agencies to investigate. "I did not expect a seasoned
leader such as Singh to level such allegations. Anyway, nobody
takes him seriously these days," he said.
Rohani categorically said that he had no relations with
Abdul Razzaq or his son, nor had he ever phoned him.
Singh had said that he had written to Union Home
Minister, seeking probe by National Investigative Agency.