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Volcker report

First it was the Mitrokhin Archives accusing the Congress of having had direct links with the KGB that was brushed aside by the UPA Government. Now the Volcker report, which alleges the involvement of a Union Minister, has been dismissed on the plea that it is based on some fallacies. The Minister says that he is being targeted, but one would like to know by whom. There is no smoke without fire.

Lohith M. Jajee,
Bangalore

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There are likely to be few takers for Natwar Singh's claim that his name figures in the list of non-contractual beneficiaries of the U.N. oil-for-food programme in Iraq because he opposed U.N. sanctions and American action in Iraq. If the intention of Paul Volcker was to malign some leader in India, he would have chosen someone powerful in the ruling dispensation. The argument that the committee did not seek a response from Mr. Singh is amusing. The committee would have had no scope to refer directly to him as he was categorised as a non-contractual beneficiary. It is for the Congress and Mr. Singh to order a probe if they want to come clean.

P.R. Thiruvengadam,
Coimbatore

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