The parliamentary panel that saw the “cash for vote’’ audio and video tapes on Monday was apparently no wiser about the source of the money that the three BJP MPs claimed to have received to abstain from the trust vote on July 22.
“It is clear from the tapes who got the money and who came to meet the MPs. But it is not possible to make out who was the real source or provider of the money…The link is difficult to establish,’’ said sources privy to the contents of the tape.
They added that the quality of tapes was quite poor. “The audio quality was patchy. Sometimes it was difficult to make out what was being said. The pictures were, however, better.’
On Monday, the seven-member panel, led by K.C. Deo, watched five video and two audio tapes that were part of CNN-IBN’s sting operation in the ‘cash-for-vote’’ expose. The three MPs claimed the tapes contain images that substantiate their allegation that they were paid Rs 1 crore to abstain.
Transcripts of these tapes are being prepared. A similar exercise will be undertaken after the members have seen three other video-tapes forwarded to them by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. These include two provided by Bharatiya Janshakti Party leader Uma Bharati and one by SP’s Amar Singh.