Retired diplomat Pascal Alan Nazareth’s Undiplomatic confession

In 1989, as consul general in New York, he was asked by an ED team to authenticate a customer copy of a bank in St Kitts island which stated that V P Singh and his son had $21 million in their account. Nazareth refused, pointing out that it was customary for the bank customer to ask for the verification. The ED team was furious and an IFS joint secretary in the PMO pressured Nazareth. But he was adamant. In October 1989, the Arab Times and some in Indian media carried reports of the fake bank account. Soon, Rajeev Ghandi lost the elections and V P Singh became PM. A CBI case was registered against those who planted the St Kitts story, including the Enforcement Director. The joint secretary, however, was let off the hook.

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