The Delhi Police has single-handedly ruined a perfectly good mystery plot. As we were getting ready for the gory details of the cash-for-votes-scam, one of the many scandals our overworked minds are tracking at present, the cops came up with a mega dampener: no political leader was involved in the 'scandal'. When we heard the startling revelation, our immediate reaction was: Huh, really? Some people may call us incurable cynics but why blame us? This is what we saw in 2008: MPs displayed large amounts of cash in the Lok Sabha during the debate on a vote of confidence sought by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the Left withdrew support to his government over the Indo-US nuclear deal. It was alleged that bribes were paid during the trust vote to lure Opposition MPs.
So obviously, there were two possibilities: either the MPs were lying or someone must have paid money to someone. Either way some people were in the wrong and should be punished. Once the note-waving circus was over, a tapori-type BJP worker Sohail Hindustani and Sanjeev Saxena, a former aide of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, accused Singh of masterminding the whole merger deal. The probe was handed over to the Delhi Police in 2009 after the report of the parliamentary panel set up to probe the scandal recommended that the matter be probed by an "appropriate investigating agency".
But if no politicians were involved, then who were these two - Hindustani and Saxena - working for? Surely they were not going around the town with bundles of cash and trying to upstage the trust vote just because they hate, say, Manmohan Singh's face. And what about the notes the MPs showed in Parliament and made us believe that actually something is amiss. Were they lying then? Then what about the tape of the sting operation that showed money being exchanged? Even the Central Forensic Laboratory said it was genuine. Maybe the answers will come rolling out once the Supreme Court takes a look. Till then, let us continue with the new board game in town: Join the dots.