Court summons does not make one guilty: Cong on charges against Manmohan in coal scam

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

hidden March 11, 2015 12:35:09 IST
Court summons does not make one guilty: Cong on charges against Manmohan in coal scam

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.

Court summons does not make one guilty Cong on charges against Manmohan in coal scam

Manmohan Singh was summoned by a special court in connection with the coal scam case. Reuters

"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.

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.

Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-coal secretary PC 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 8 April.

PTI

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