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Cong leaves Kripashankar to fend for himself in scam case

Press Trust of India
Mar 02, 2012 at 08:22pm IST

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday left its senior party leader Kripashankar Singh to fend for himself in the corruption case saying law will take its own course but remained non-committal on whether the controversial leader should be suspended from the party.

"Law is taking and will take its own course. Congress is of the belief that there should be no obstruction in its working," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters here.

He, however, evaded a question on whether Singh should be suspended from the party after the case.

DA case: Cong distances itself from Kripashankar

The Congress, however, remained non-committal on whether the controversial leader should be suspended from the party.

"There has been a raid on which no decision by the court has come so far. If the party takes any decision, we will let you know," was his brief response to a volley of questions on the issue.

Party general secretary Digvijay Singh retorted, "He (Singh) has already resigned from the post of the President of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee. What else do you want?"

He was asked whether the senior leader's continuance in the party was an embarrassment for Congress.

Singh said if Kripashnkar has assets disproportionate to his income it is "being probed and should be probed".

"What is the problem into it?" he asked.

The Congress leaders' comments came on a day when the Supreme Court refused to grant Kripashankar any immediate relief from action in a corruption case and ticked him off for "bench hunting", saying such practice was unacceptable.

The Congress leader from Mumbai had moved the Supreme Court challenging the High Court direction for his prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act and attachment of his immovable properties in a case of alleged disproportionate assets.

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