Indian PM Singh battles corruption claims

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The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, took to the floor of both houses of parliament yesterday to defend himself and his party from a WikiLeaks cable alleging corruption. Opposition politicians spent hours criticising Mr Singh, a week after publication of the cable accusing the ruling Congress party of bribing MPs with $2.5m (£1.5m) each for their support of a 2008 nuclear deal with the United States.

The cable said a party functionary showed a US embassy official two cases full of cash to be used to bribe MPs.