The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has registered a case in the “cash for vote” scam that rocked the Parliament last year.
A case under Prevention of Corruption Act and criminal conspiracy has been registered against three persons — Sanjeev Saxena, Sohail Hindustani and Sudheendra Kulkarni.
“We have registered a case and are investigating,” said YS Dadwal, commissioner
No arrests have, however, been made yet.
“We registered a case on the basis of the findings of the report submitted by the Lok Sabha panel. Three persons have been named in the FIR and we would be probing their role,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
Police said they have taken into custody the Rs 1 crore currency notes that three Members of Parliament (MP) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) waved in the Parliament House on July 22, 2008.
“The role of the three MPs would also be investigated,” said the officer.
Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee had referred the case to the Union Home Ministry a month ago for “appropriate action”.
On Thursday, secretary general PDT Achary handed over the Rs one crore, which was in his custody, to Additional Commissioner of Police Rajendra Bakshi.
The Crime Branch is investigating the trail of the money and the roles of Sanjeev Saxena (the conduit for the bribe) and whistle blowers Sohail Hindustani and Sudheendra Kulkarni in the scandal that saw three BJP MPs –– Faggan Singh Kulaste, Ashok Argal and Mahavir Bhagora –– waving wads of currency notes while alleging that Samajwadi Party chief Amar Singh and Congress’s Ahmed Patel had sought to bribe them to vote for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the July 22, 2008 trust vote.
A special committee was set up by the Speaker after the July incident.
On December 16, 2008, the Speaker had told the Lok Sabha that he was, on the basis of the panel’s recommendation, asking the Home Ministry to investigate the case of the three persons further. He, however, did not name them.
But he noted the report had found the evidence of the trio “unconvincing” and the material on record did not conclusively prove the money contained in the bag and displayed in the House was actually sent by the persons who were alleged to have sent it to the three MPs.
He also said if after one month there is no request for the money, it would be deposited with the government as unclaimed money
The Secretariat received a request from the Delhi Police for some more time before collecting the money.