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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Singhvi quits as Chairman of Parliamentary panel on Law and as Congress spokesperson



Singhvi quits as Chairman of Parliamentary panel on Law and as Congress spokesperson

New Delhi, April 23 (PTI): Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday resigned as Chairman of a Parliamentary Committee and party spokesperson, in a damage control exercise ahead of the resumption of the budget session on Tuesday.
Singhvi, 53, an eminent lawyer and a Rajya Sabha member, sent a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi informing her of his decision ten days after circulation of a CD purportedly showing him in compromising position.
"I have done this only to prevent even the slightest possible Parliamentary disruption regarding the purported CDs being circulated about me. 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 said in a statement.
Singhvi acquired a high profile after the committee headed by him came out with a report on the Lokpal last year on whose recommendation the government brought a piece of legislation on the issue.