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Nathwani bats for ex-MP

Ranchi, Aug. 3: Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand Parimal Nathwani today came out in support of former Upper House member J.P.N. Singh, one the six accused in the LTC scam unearthed by CBI in June.

Addressing a news conference at a Ranchi hotel, Nathwani claimed that Singh was innocent and accused travel agents of duping the MP.

A BJP member, Singh, whose term as Rajya Sabha MP ended in February, has been booked by the CBI for allegedly claiming travel reimbursements on forged bills.

The other accused are two former MPs Mahmood A. Madani (RLD) and Renu Pradhan (BJD) and three sitting MPs D. Bandopadhyay (TMC), Brajesh Pathak (BSP) and Lalhming Liana of (Mizo National Front). Besides, a few travel agents have also been named accused in this case.

Rubbishing the allegations, Singh said he was innocent and open to any kind of probe. “I urge CBI to fast-track this case,” he said.

The former Upper House MP from Jharkhand said, “I was entitled to get 34 tickets per year. And according to CBI, only six of all the tickets that I had travelled on during my entire tenure were forged. If I had to do this, I would have done bigger forgery. ”

Nathwani said, “If you are a frequent flier, airlines give you some concessions. Agents through whom the MP got tickets misused those rebates. They are the main culprits.”

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