Hasan Ali case: Congress leaves it to Puducherry L-G

Congress left it to Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh to decide whether or not to resign in the wake of his alleged links with suspected money launderer Hasan Ali.

Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 23:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Monday left it to
Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh to decide whether
or not to resign in the wake of his alleged links with
suspected money launderer Hasan Ali.

"We leave it to his (Singh) conscience. The matter is
between him and the government. It is between the
constitutional functionary and the government," party
spokesman Manish Tewari said in reply to a volley of
questions.

Singh is facing Enforcement Directorate summons for
his alleged links with Hasan Ali.

Asked how long the Congress would shield the L-G in the
wake of Enforcement Directorate asking the Home Minister`s
permission to question him in Hasan Ali case recommending
passport for him, Tewari said: "We as a political party
do not hold a brief. He has also explained his position. It is
between the constitutional functionary and the government."

When told that Singh was a former AICC secretary,
Tewari said when a political person holds a constitutional or
gubernatorial position he becomes political neutral.

Tewari insisted that if a person concerned has or has
not done a particular act in his earlier avatar it is between
the constitutional functionary and the government.

To another query as to what would be the party`s advice
to partymen in such circumstances, he said: "We have always
held that it is not proper to give advice publicly to those
who hold constitutional posts."

When pointed out that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati has already removed a senior official in connection
with the case Tewari said "you cannot compare an officer and a
person holding a constitutional post".

In Puducherry, the opposition AIADMK has demanded that
the President recall Iqbal Singh as he had been facing
"several controversies" ever since his appointment to the post
in 2009.

PTI