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Cash-for-votes scam: Govt refers case to CBI

Weeks after Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee recommended a probe into the role of three persons linked to the alleged “cash-for-votes” scam...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
January 4, 2009 3:25:22 am

Weeks after Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee recommended a probe into the role of three persons linked to the alleged “cash-for-votes” scam,the Government is learnt to have referred the matter to the CBI for investigation.

Given the Speaker’s directive,a CBI inquiry was an expected move. The CBI spokesperson,Harsh Bhal,however,said he was not aware of any such move.

Acting on the recommendations of the Lok Sabha Committee that looked into the scam,Chatterjee had announced in the Lok Sabha (LS) that he would recommend a Home Ministry probe into the role of Sanjeev Saxena,said to be a former aide of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh,Sudheendra Kulkarni,a close aide of BJP leader L.K. Advani,and Suhail Hindustani,who is alleged to have facilitated the sting.

Chatterjee’s announcement had come after the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee,which exonerated SP leader Amar Singh and Congress leader Ahmad Patel,recommended that there was need for further investigation into the roles played by these three persons.

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The Speaker also announced that the currency notes displayed by the three BJP MPs during the trust vote on July 22 will be retained by the Lok Sabha Secretary General for one month after which it will deposited with the Government as “unclaimed money”.

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