ISI: Sign genuine,ready to face probe

The Indian Statistical Institute said it was ready to face any court of inquiry in case BJP Presidential candidate P A Sangma challenged in court the authenticity of the signature of UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee on his resignation letter tendered on June 20

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published: July 5, 2012 3:32:40 am

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) said on Wednesday it was ready to face any court of inquiry in case BJP Presidential candidate P A Sangma challenged in court the authenticity of the signature of UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee on his resignation letter tendered on June 20.

The BJP has alleged that the signature on his resignation letter from the ISI chairman’s post was different from that he used in his nomination form filed with the Election Commission.

BJP spokesman Ananth Kumar said on Wednesday the signature was “fabricated” and that they would move court against it.

“There are three things related to the issue — when Pranabbabu tendered his resignation; whether he was holding the office of profit; and whether his signature in the resignation was authentic or not,” Bimal Roy,Director,ISI,told The Indian Express.

He explained: “On June 20,we received his resignation with the signature that he used here as chairman of the ISI Council. If they go to court and handwriting experts or forensic experts are called,we are ready to face it. Of course the signature of Pranabbabu on his resignation is different than that he uses at other places. But many people use two different signatures,particularly for signing cheques. The signature on his resignation letter was the same he used here for the last four years he was chairman of the council.”

“And so far as the allegation of his holding office of profit at ISI is concerned,we can say he never got a single paisa as remuneration or any honorarium,” he added.

Meanwhile,the Bengal BJP,led by president Rahul Sinha,is likely to protest in front of ISI on Thursday.

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