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L’affaire Lalit Modi, which has dragged external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in a massive row, has also brought to mind the sacking of former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh. Apparently, the decision to give emergency travel papers to Mr Lalit Modi was taken during her tenure, though she has asserted that she wasn’t consulted, suggesting, therefore, that it was purely a ministerial decision.

Those observers who have been hoping to get details of Ms Singh’s subsequent sacking, however, will have to wait longer. A recent right to information application seeking details on the unsavoury episode has been blocked by the Cabinet Secretariat on the plea that Cabinet papers are exempt from disclosure. The reply merely mentions that Ms Singh had sought voluntary retirement from service which was approved.

Venkatesh Nayak, the activist who filed the RTI application, has not given up his efforts to find the “truth” behind the former foreign secretary’s inglorious exit. We shall hear more soon.

 

Double relief | The Asian Age

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Prasad GLN

Some one has said that Lamo has taken more airing time and more columns in news papers than "Coal Scam" itself. When a man is in power either he or some others come close to him. Unscrupulous elements misuse such association and will never fail to bring bad reputation/ bad image with whom he was associated and won favours through them.

Let us not get into it, as finally nothing happens that helps larger public interest as he is such a man that can go to any extent to defend his actions.

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