SC to hear plea for SIT probe into vote scam

SC to hear plea for SIT probe into vote scam

A Bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha, however, asked senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, who wanted direction to get a copy of the FIR in the case, to approach the police or lower court for it.

“You are asking from the wrong person, why don’t you approach the trial court,” Justice Alam said. The court allowed him to approach it afresh after two weeks in the matter.

The petition filed on behalf of Lyngdoh contended that no action has been taken in the case which had shocked the nation after three BJP MPs displayed wads of currency notes in Parliament as bribe money to vote in favour of the UPA during the 2008 trust vote.

Though the incident had occurred on July 22, 2008, neither the Delhi Crime Branch which registered an FIR nor the chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee headed by Kishore Chandra Deo, which inquired into the allegation, had so far taken any tangible step to initiate action against those responsible for the scam, it alleged.

Lyngdoh wanted the court to direct the government to set up an independent SIT to probe th e allegations and try to complete the investigations within six months. Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora of the BJP had placed Rs one crore in the Lok Sabha alleging it was paid to them to vote in favour of the UPA during the no-confidence motion.

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