Bribery footage CDs not tampered with: CFSL

According to informed sources, police received the CFSL report about a month ago.
In December 2008, the then Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee sent a report of the inquiry committee on the alleged cash-for-vote to the Union Home Ministry for action.
Chatterjee asked for a Home Ministry probe on the role of the three persons named in the alleged scam that rocked Parliament during the confidence motion in July 2008. The issue resurfaced on March 17 and 18 following the publication of the WikiLeak documents on the alleged bribery.

Based on the report’s recommendation, prepared by a committee headed by Congress leader Kishore Chandra Deo, the Speaker had referred the matter related to Sanjeev Saxena, alleged aide to Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Sudheendra Kulkarni, then a close aide to senior BJP leader L K Advani, and Suhail Hindustani, a BJP Yuva Morcha activist.

Chatterjee’s action came a day after the Deo committee submitted its report.

The crime branch of Delhi Police registered a case under Prevention of Corruption Act against the trio and procured the currency notes amounting to Rs 1 crore, kept in a safe in a specially made room in Parliament House.

The wads of notes were displayed by three BJP MPs, Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bagora who had brought the bags containing them and alleged that these were meant as bribe for them to vote for the government.

The Deo committee had recommended that the matter relating to the three persons be probed further by an appropriate investigating agency and that the procedure for their appearance in the House or Committee be reviewed. The panel took the stand as the Lok Sabha Committee could not summon Congress leader Ahmed Patel and Amar Singh as they were members of the Rajya Sabha.

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