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Team Anna seeks independent probe into charges against PM

Ghaziabad(PTI): With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declaring that he will quit public life if corruption allegations are proved against him, Team Anna today demanded an independent probe into the charges, saying they will be most happy if these are proved wrong.

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said it was not they who came up with charges against him but it was in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on coal bloc allocations.

“We will be most happy if the allegations levelled against the Prime Minister is found false. But how will it be proved? For that we need to have an indepenent investigating agency to probe it,” he told reporters.

“The Prime Minister has said that the allegations levelled against him were baseless, unfortunate and irresponsible. We want to tell him that it was not we who levelled these allegations but the CAG, which is a Consitutional body,” he said.

Kejriwal said he would like to ask the Prime Minister whether he considered “irresponsible” the CAG report which is pegging a loss of Rs 1.80 lakh crore to the exchequer in the allocation of coal blocs.

Team Anna’s reaction came following Singh’s remarks that he will quit public life if corruption allegations are proved against him.

“If there is even an iota of truth in it, then I will give up my public career and the country can give me any punishment,” the Prime Minister had said, adding his public life has been an open book.

Another Team Anna member Justice Santosh Hegde said it is “extremely difficult” to believe that allegations raised by Team Anna against Singh could exist but demanded an inquiry if there are documents to suggest that some wrongdoing was done.

“It is extremely difficult for me to believe, having seen the Prime Minister all these years, to say that such an allegation could exist. But at the same time, if somebody has said it is in documentary form, I think an inquiry should be held,” he said.

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