New Delhi: Congress leaders led by Sonia Gandhi today took out a march from the AICC headquarters to the residence of Manmohan Singh to express solidarity with the former Prime Minister, who has been summoned as accused by a court in a coal scam case.

Sonia Gandhi chaired a meeting of the CWC at Congress headquarters early in the morning and immediately led a march to Singh’s residence about half a km away in the heart of the capital in which several of Singh’s cabinet colleagues P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, Veerappa Moily and K Rehman Khan were present. 

While expressing solidarity, Sonia Gandhi told reporters, “We are here to express solidarity. Manmohan will be vindicated. He is a person of integrity and his integrity can’t be questioned.”

Manmohan Singh had yesterday expressed confidence that he will prove his innocence in a fair trial.

“Of course, I am upset but this is part of life. I have always said I am open for legal scrutiny…I am sure the truth will prevail and I will get a chance to put forward my case with all the facts,” Singh told reporters on Wednesday.

A special court had summoned Singh along with industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-coal secretary PC Parakh and three others as accused in a case pertaining to allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 and asked them to appear before it on April 8. 

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