Come clean on Coalgate, Anna tells PM
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said the PM should be ready for any kind of probe by a third party to the graft allegations labelled against him.
New Delhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be ready for any kind of probe by a third party to the corruption allegations labelled against him by Team Anna.
“I always saw the PM as a non-corrupt personality. If there are corruption allegations labelled against him, he should come clean”, Hazare said speaking to a private channel.
He said the inquiry on the charges against PM should be headed by a former judge.
The Gandhian was speaking after his team launched a scratching attack against the PM on the alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks.
The anti-graft group has picked up portions of a draft CAG report to make charges against Prime Minister.
The allegations have led to controversy as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held the coal portfolio when the blocks were allocated.
Team Anna has alleged that the advice to auction coal blocks was rejected, which led to the huge loss.
Hazare said he needs time to study allegations against PM made by his team.
Team Anna member Prashant Bhusan had said, “As most of the documents are in English and Hazare cannot read the language…So these large number of documents have to be translated into Hindi to enable him to go through it”.
Team Anna had last week clubbed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee with 13 other Cabinet Ministers, whom they accused of corruption.
Besides Singh and Mukherjee, the ministers against whom Team Anna has demanded probe by an independent Special Investigation Team include P Chidambaram, Sharad Pawar, SM Krishna, Kamal Nath, Praful Patel, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Virbhadra Singh, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, GK Vasan, Farooq Abdullah, M Alagiri and Sushil Kumar Shinde.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, yesterday, hit out at Team Anna saying he is ready to give up his public life if the charges are proved.
“My long public career as Finance Minister, as Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and now as Prime Minister has been an open book. I will give up my public life if allegations are proved against me”, the Prime Minister said speaking to journalists on his way back to Myanmar.