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Cash for Query Scam
HC orders probe against MPs
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, November 27
Ten Lok Sabha MPs and one from the Rajya Sabha, who were expelled from the Houses for their involvement in the cash-for-query scam, were in trouble again as the Delhi High Court today ordered the investigation into their criminal act of bribery giving the Delhi police two months to complete it.

Justice S.N. Dhingra issued the direction for criminal investigation against the MPs on a petition by a journalist, heading the “Cobra Post” organisation, which had carried the sting operation to expose them for taking money for asking questions in the House.

The court also ordered investigation into the role of middlemen in the cash-for-query scam.

Taking exception to the police trying to wrap the issue under the carpet, the court said though the MPs were seen taking money on camera by the entire nation, but for the police it seemed that it was not a fit case for investigation to go deep into the bribery charges and book them under the relevant law.

Chatrapal Singh Lodha (BJP) was the lone Rajya Sabha MP, expelled from the House after caught on camera taking bribe for asking questions in Cobra Post’s sting operation. The 10 Lok Sabha MPs included Ram Sevak Singh (Congress), Suresh Chandel, Pradeep Gandhi, Y G Mahajan, Pradeep Gandhi, Chandra Pratap Singh (BJP), Raja Ram Pal, Lal Chandra Kol, Narendra Khushwaha (BSP) and Manoj Kumar (RJD).

Cobra Post’s editor Anurudh Bahal in a petition had sought prosecution of the MPs under corruption after they were found guilty by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and their petitions rejected by the apex court.

Today’s direction of the HC came after the police failed to come up with a clear reply to August 29 direction when it had sought to know as what action they had taken against the MPs.

The matter had reached the HC after some MPs had lodged a complaint against Bahal and his team members as they had sought quashing of the FIR registered against them.



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