Thursday, July 20, 2006

Jaswant carried money to Kandhar: Cong

New Delhi: In a new twist to the Kandahar controversy which refuses to die down, senior Congress leader R K Anand today alleged that the then External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh had "carried" more than USD 200 million to the hijackers of the Indian Airlines flight IC 814 in 1999 "under international pressure".
Anand's charge was that the money had come from "international community" via Switzerland because the Swiss "currency king" Robert Giori was among the 161 passengers held hostage by the hijackers for one week.
Anand, a former Rajya Sabha member, joined hands with an unusual ally, expelled BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana, to make a frontal attack on Singh saying that he was not speaking truth in denying he had paid any ransom.
"There was pressure from the US and Switzerland to secure Giori's release for any amount of money," he said.
19/07/06 Chennai Online
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