Manu Singhvi resigns from Parliamentary panel


New Delhi, Apr 23: Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Manu Abhishek Singhvi has resigned as chief of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice and also as the party’s spokesperson. 
 He has been in the centre of a controversy following reports of a controversial CD featuring him which was subsequently stopped from being telecast by Delhi High Court.
 Singhvi has apparently pre-empted any Opposition attempt to rake up the issue during the second leg of Budget Session of Parliament starting Tuesday.
 Ever since the controversy broke-out, the demand for his resignation from the Parliamentary panel has been gaining ground.
 In his letter, Singvhi said that he has also informed the Congress President Sonia Gandhi about his decision. Confirming his decision to quit, he said that the step has been taken to prevent even the slightest possibility of Parliamentary disruption regarding the purported CDs being circulated about him. “Since I am a disciplined party soldier, I did not think it fit to subject the party to any inconvenience on this account. All allegations are patently baseless and false,” he added.
 He said that “canards and baseless allegations” were being spread about alleged inappropriate conversation in the CD. “People inimically opposed to me, who have assiduously spent over 10 days hearing, seeing, amplifying and distilling the CD, have found no vestige of any reference, not even remotely, to any illegality, corrupt practice, or wrongdoing. No one has heard any such reference in the CD. There is none simply because it does not exist. It is pure imagination, wishful thinking and sensationalism,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST

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