27 January, 2021

'Sweeper Or PM, A Crime Is A Crime'

Lakhubhai Pathak the NRI businessman who has made allegations of fraud against Narasimha Rao and Chandraswami, began an 'indefinite' fast on July 25 in Bombay 'to force' the former prime minister to tell the truth. He called it off the following morn

'Sweeper Or PM, A Crime Is A Crime'

According to Narasimha Rao, he was not present at the Haloram House hotel in New York when you say you met him.

The meeting took place 13 years ago. I don't remember the exact date. But that does not change the facts. It was sometime before Christmas. I remember I went to El Paso after this meeting , and then to Mexico for Christmas.

So when exactly was the meeting with Rao?

It happened a few days before Christmas—between the 18th and the 23rd. Had I known how important the meeting would turn out to be, I would have recorded it or called in a cameraman. Rao met me in Chandraswami's room.

According to Rao's counsel, Kapil Sibal, there is no entry in the former prime minister's passport to show he was in New York.

Was he (Rao) an ordinary traveller or was he travelling on a diplomatic passport? It is not my job but the job of the investigating agencies to find out if he was actually there. Passports can be messed around with. Anything can happen in India. We can buy ministers like we...



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