Congress general secretary,Digvijay Singh,on Wednesday alleged that Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Ishwar Das Rohani,was shielding some persons associated with the banned outfit SIMI,and involved in illegal mining in Jabalpur area.
Rohani denied the allegations,and said he would quit politics if Singh could prove them.
Talking to reporters at Assembly press room here,Singh said,If Rohani has the guts,he is welcome to file a defamation suit. According to Singh,Rohani had given protection to Abdul Razzaq,who is the head of Jamat-e-Ahle Hadees,and his son,Sartaj,an activist of Students Islamic Movement of India,who indulges in illegal mining.
The Congress general secretary claimed that he had evidence to buttress his charges.
In his reaction,Speaker Rohani challenged Singh to prove the allegations. If Singh proves any of the above charges,then I will quit the politics, Rohani said.
Rohani also said the Congress could ask the central probe agencies to investigate. I did not expect a seasoned leader such as Singh to level such allegations. Anyway,nobody takes him seriously these days, he said.
Rohani categorically said he had no relations with Abdul Razzaq or his son,nor had he ever phoned him.
Singh had said he had written to Union Home Minister,seeking probe by National Investigative Agency.