Time line of cash-for-vote scandal

March 17th, 2011 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Time line of events surrounding the cash-for-vote scandal that has resurfaced after the latest revelations by WikiLeaks:

July 9, 2008: Left submits letter to president, withdraws support on Indo-US Nuclear deal.

July 21, 2008: Special session of parliament called for the trust vote.

July 22, 2008: Bharatiya Janata Party members carry bags filled with cash, approximately of Rs.30 million in value, inside house and allege it was meant to buy votes in the trust vote.

The house takes up the vote of confidence which is won by the UPA with 275 in favour and 256 against.

July 30, 2008: A committee formed by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and headed by V. Kishore Chandra Deo (Congress) starts probe into the scandal. Other members were Vijay Kumar Malhotra (BJP), Mohammed Salim (Communist Party of India-Marxist), Devendra Prasad Yadav (Rashtriya Janata Dal), Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Rajesh Verma (Bahujan Samaj Party) and C. Kuppuswamy (DMK).

Oct 30, 2008: The committee finalises the report.

Dec 15, 2008: The committee submits its report, suggesting that the money trail be probed by an investigating agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation or the Income Tax department.

March 17, 2011: US diplomatic cables leaked on WikiLeaks and published by The Hindu newspaper purportedly say that payoffs had been made to MPs to ensure majority for the UPA government in the confidence vote. Nachiketa Kapur, a political aide of Congress leader Satish Sharma, is quoted in the US embassy cables as saying that a fund of Rs.50 crore had been formed to pay MPs.

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