Cash-for-votes scandal: Police give report to apex court

August 4th, 2011 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Delhi Police Thursday filed a comprehensive status report in the Supreme Court on its probe into the cash-for-votes scandal of 2008, when the Congress-led central government was accused of bribing MPs to win a trust vote in parliament.

Police filed the report on the direction of the apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice R.M. Lodha that had expressed its total dissatisfaction with the first status report that was considered during the last hearing July 15.

The latest status report, filed in a sealed cover, is likely be taken up for consideration Friday.

After apex court’s criticism, police swung into action and arrested former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh’s associate Sanjeev Saxena and middleman Sohail Hindustani.

Police also questioned Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, Samajwadi Party’s Lok Sabha MP Rewati Raman Singh and BJP Lok Sabha MP Ashok Argal.

Bags filled with currency notes were shown in the Lok Sabha July 22, 2008, minutes before a trust vote was to take place.

The court earlier described the first status report of police as “directionless” and said: “We are wholly unsatisfied with the status report.”

The court said that the status report was nothing but the gist and narration of the statement recorded by police.

The court is hearing a petition by former chief election commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh seeking investigations into the cash-for-vote scandal by an independent agency.

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