Indian PM appeals to media not to launch a "witchhunt"
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's embattled prime minister appealed on Saturday to the media, increasingly critical of his scandal-hit government, not to launch a "witch hunt" while investigating corruption.
Mr Manmohan Singh's call came as his Congress-led government struggles to restore order in parliament where opposition parties have stalled business in a row over allegedly illegal allocation of mining rights.
"The spirit of enquiry must not morph into a campaign of calumny," Mr Singh, 81, said while launching a state-built media centre in the Indian capital.
"A witch hunt is no substitute for investigative journalism," the prime minister said and urged media groups to rise above "personal prejudices".