Tuesday 6 December
Finally, the erstwhile minister for external affairs, then a minister without a portfolio, was first unceremoniously dropped from the Congress Steering Committee, and as the opposition stalled proceedings in Parliament, demanding his resignation, he finally, after much kicking and screaming, did at long last put in his papers. It was his son Jagat Singh who, ironically, summed up the theatre of the absurd that had been reduced to a farce: 'Why stage this whole drama, why not make him resign on the first day itself?' Indeed. But what remains a mystery is as to why neither Jagat Singh nor Natwar Singh have been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate or any other investigative agency so far. Former Indian Ambassador to Croatia Aniel Matherani, earlier the secretary of the Congress Foreign Cell, whose interview -- which he subsequently predictably denied -- in a leading publication had revived the controversy, on landing back in India, meanwhile has gone off the press, after being whisked off by the ED and other intelligence agencies. The whistleblower faces the inquest, but not the accused, it would seem.