New Delhi: The Delhi Police has been asked
to speed up its inquiry into the alleged cash-for-vote scam in
2008 and may question senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and
former party activist Sudheendra Kulkarni in this connection.
Sources said the Delhi Police has started issuing notices
to a few persons for questioning in connection with the
alleged cash-for-vote scam.
The action comes following the Home Ministry asking the
Delhi Police to speed up the investigation after Siddharth
Gautam, a journalist who was CNN-IBN when a sting operation
was done during the 2008 trust vote in Lok Sabha, gave a
statement to police.
The sources said some others will also be called for
Yesterday in Rajya Sabha, Home Minister P Chidambaram had
referred to some "unexpected turn of events" in the
investigation and said the Delhi Police would also examine
whether a particular party had "engineered" and "manufactured"
the sting operation to destabilise an incumbent government in
He said journalists of CNN-IBN news channel, which
carried out the sting operation have been examined.
Siddhartha Gautam, one of these journalists, who had left
the country, has now made the statement.
"CNN-IBN has also been requested to facilitate recording
of the statement of Gautam," he had said.
Further investigations, which will include sitting Lok
Sabha members, would be done, he said.