New Delhi: Puducherry Lt Governor Sardar Iqbal Singh, who is alleged to have links with suspected money launderer Hasan Ali Khan, will not get any relief for holding a Constitutional post.

The decision came in wake of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) approval on Tuesday to grant permission to Enforcement Directorate (ED) for quizzing Iqbal Singh.

According to PMO sources, a Lt Governor gets constitutional privileges only to discharge certain obligations. But in this case, PMO nod is not required for any investigation as the case is not related to any constitutional working. Hence, Singh could not be offered any shelter against the probe.

After PMO’s approval, Singh will be quizzed later this week and his statement will be recorded by ED at the Raj Niwas in Puducherry, sources said.

It may be noted that Home Ministry on Monday had forwarded the ED request to question Iqbal Singh to the PMO office, which without any delay granted permission to ED to interrogate Puducherry Lt Governor.

Last week in a letter sent to Union Home Minister, Iqbal Singh had claimed that he asked for the passport to be granted on humanitarian ground because he had been told that Khan needed to travel abroad urgently to visit his ailing brother.

Meanwhile, Congress has distanced itself from the whole controversy saying that no political party should be involved in making statements over the issue.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “Only constitutional head or Central Government has the right to make any statement over the subject.”

JPN/Bureau