Roger L. Simon

Singh for Your Supper

Is there anyone who who didn’t make money off Saddam? Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh is apparently making the Galloway Defense in his denial that he profiteered off the UN Oil-for-Food Scandal.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who summoned Foreign Minister Natwar Singh for an hourlong meeting at his residence, demoted him to minister without portfolio, the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

Natwar Singh left the prime minister’s residence without speaking to reporters, waving before getting into his car. He had rejected calls for his resignation, insisting that he received no favors or bribes from former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s government or benefited from the $64 billion Oil-for-Food program.

SiliconIndia has more.

UPDATE: More interesting revelations from India: With his report on Iraqi oil deals creating a political storm in India, its author Paul Volcker, in a startling revelation, has said he agreed to change the language that referred to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s son Kojo’s business dealings.