NEWDELHI: Bringing the unsavoury CD controversy to an expected end, well-known Supreme Court lawyer and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday resigned from the position of Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice, Personnel and Grievances and all other party positions, including that of spokesperson of the Indian National Congress.
Singhvi, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, sent his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi after it became apparent that the CD-issue would be raked up by the opposition when Parliament reassembles for the second part of the Budget session on Tuesday.
The controversial CD, in which Singhvi and a woman advocate are shown in a compromising position, was posted on YouTube. It has been widely viewed and commented upon.
In the resignation letter mailed to the media, Singhvi said he was resigning “only to prevent even the slightest possible parliamentary disruption regarding the purported CDs being circulated about me.” Singhvi also asserted he has not indulged in any corrupt activity.
Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi, visibly embarrassed by the development told reporters that “by resigning Singhvi has taken the right step.”