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Cash-for-vote Scam
SC closes case, asks police to find money source
R Sedhuraman
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, September 2
The Supreme Court today expressed satisfaction over the investigations conducted by the Delhi Police into the alleged payment of money to some MPs for voting in favour of the July 2008 confidence vote in the Lok Sabha.

“You have done a substantial work” and this was evident from the charge sheet filed in the case, known as the cash-for-votes scam, a Bench comprising Justices Aftab Alam and RM Lodha remarked.

The Bench, however, advised the Delhi Police to find out the source of the cash, wads of which were displayed in the Lok Sabha. “If you want you can do it. You are capable of doing it,” it remarked.

Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal said the Delhi Police was tracking the money trail by making use of the lead available from each and every currency note.

The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by former Chief Election Commission JM Lyngdoh, pleading for a proper investigation as the Delhi Police had done nothing for the past two years.

The apex court, however, refused to keep the PIL pending, stating that its objectives had been achieved. The petitioner could approach the court again, if necessary, it clarified while disposing of the PIL.

Now that the charge sheet was lying in the trial court here, there was no need for the apex court to monitor the further investigations, the Bench explained. The police has named former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh and five others as accused in the charge sheet. The other accused are Sudheendra Kulkarni, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Singh Bhagere, Sanjiv Saxena and Suhail Hindustani.

The Delhi Police assured the apex court that it would complete the investigations in two weeks and file a supplementary charge sheet.





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