Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Subramanian Swamy to move Supreme Court if Prime Minister does not give nod for Sonia prosecution


Chennai, Apr 19: Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy today said he would move the Supreme Court if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not give sanction within three months to prosecute Congress President Sonia Gandhi under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

 Dr Swamy said he had made out a prima facie case on documentary and circumstantial evidence that Ms Gandhi abetted Italian businessman and close family friend Ottavio Quattrocchi to obtain an illegal commission in the Bofors Gun Purchase deal.

Talking to newspersons here, he said ''the law is very clear that the Prime Minister should grant permission.

''If he did not grant the sanction by July 15, my lawyer-wife would move the Supreme Court and I would pursue the case after my return from Harvard in August,'' Dr Swamy said.

Stating he had submitted a 206-page petition, seeking sanction to prosecute Ms Gandhi under Sections 11 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, he said the Prime Minister had to decide on the petition within three months.

Dr Swamy claimed he had enclosed sufficient evidence to prosecute Ms Gandhi and the Prime Minister had to decide whether he had made out a prima facie case to prosecute her.

The Prime Minister could not send his reports for any opinion or seek the assistance of his officials.

The Prime Minister's sanction was necessary as Ms Gandhi, being the Chairperson of the National Advisory Council, was a public servant. The post was equal to Cabinet rank.

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