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Indian Probe Finds Former Foreign Minister Guilty of Misusing Office

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Indian media report that a federal probe has concluded that India's former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh misused his office by recommending contracts in Iraq's oil-for-food scandal.

Press Trust of India says a relative of Singh and a friend of Singh's son received kickbacks from a Swiss company on the basis of recommendation letters given by Singh. But the Pathak Commission report says Singh's Congress party was not involved.

The Indian government ordered the probe after an independent U.N. probe named Singh, his Congress party, and a number of Indian private companies as alleged illegal beneficiaries. It said they were given special coupons to buy millions of barrels of Iraqi oil at cheaper rates under the oil-for-food program during Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq. Singh resigned from the Indian cabinet in December after the allegations surfaced. He declined to comment Thursday, saying he will after he reads the report.

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