SC criticises tardy Delhi Police probe
The Supreme Court snubbed the Delhi Police on Friday for dragging their feet over the 2008 cash-for-vote scam even two-and-a-half years after the case was registered. HT reports.delhi Updated: Jul 16, 2011 02:24 IST
The Supreme Court snubbed the Delhi Police on Friday for dragging their feet over the 2008 cash-for-vote scam even two-and-a-half years after the case was registered.
“This is not the way to probe an offence of such a serious nature,” said a bench headed by justice Aftab Alam while studying the police’s status report on the case.
“You are telling a story to the court on the basis of statements made by some people. There is no inference drawn up by you,” the bench said.
The case relates to the trust vote faced by the UPA government in July 2008, when some BJP members flashed bundles of currency notes in Parliament, alleging that they were bribed to vote in favour of the government.
The court’s comments came during the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by former chief election commissioner JM Lyngdoh, alleging that though the incident had occurred on July 22, 2008, neither the Delhi Police crime branch that registered the FIR nor the chairman of the joint parliamentary committee had so far taken any tangible step.
The former CEC has requested the Supreme Court to direct the government to set up an independent special investigation team to probe the allegations in a speedy manner.