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Babubhai case: emigration check for more MPs

Police will investigate fresh allegations against two MPs in connection with the case, reports Abhishek Bhalla.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2007 01:39 IST

The police on Saturday said they would investigate fresh allegations against two sitting MPs in connection with the emigration racket that surfaced with the arrest of Gujarat MP Babubhai Katara.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has called an all-party meeting on April 25 where the issue may be taken up. Katara was caught at the Delhi airport on April 18, while allegedly trying to take two people to Canada on passports of his wife and son.

Delhi Police's Crime Branch arrested three more people in the past 24 hours. One of them, Sunder Lal Yadav, produced before additional chief metropolitan magistrate Kamini Lau, claimed that he introduced BSP MP Mohammed Tahir Khan and BJP MP Ram Swaroop Koli to Rashid, a travel agent from Hyderabad. "I was introduced to Rashid by Murthy, secretary to the TRS party president," said Yadav. TRS chief Chandrashekhar Rao, however, told NDTV there was no Murthy in his office.

"We will inquire into travel details of the MPs whose name Yadav took in court," said Neeraj Thakur, DCP (Crime Branch).

Yadav also named a former BSP MP — Ram Awadh from Faizabad. He said he introduced Ram Awadh to a travel agent, Mahesh Gupta. Awadh and Gupta are dead. Yadav said the travel agents paid him Rs 50,000 each time he introduced an MP to them. The police said Yadav used to run a shop in South Avenue where Katara lived. Yadav would receive money from travel agents, take his cut and pass on the balance to Katara.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Apr 21, 2007 20:33 IST