Cash-for-vote: SC sets deadline for probe

The Supreme Court on Friday set a four week deadline for the Delhi Police to complete its investigation into the cash-for-votes scam.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2011, 13:02 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday set a four week deadline for the Delhi Police to complete its investigation into the cash-for-votes scam.

The apex court said that the trail court will continue the investigation into the scam besides asking the police to find the source of the money. Judges Aftab Alam and RM Lodha gave the direction after police submitted its status report on its probe.

The cash-for-votes scandal relates to the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) allegedly bribing lawmakers to survive a confidence vote on July 22, 2008.

The vote in the Lok Sabha arose after the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front withdrew support from the government, who wanted to pursue an Indo-US nuclear deal.

The Delhi Police Crime Branch has already filed an 80-page chargesheet against former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh and five others in connection with the case.

Police said the five others included two former Members of Parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - Phagan Singh Kulaste and Mahaveer Singh Bhagoda and senior party leader L K Advani’s former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni.

Sanjeev Saxena, former aide of Amar Singh and Suhail Hindustani, who are in judicial custody, have also been charge sheeted.

According to police, MPs were bribed ahead of a confidence vote in the Lok Sabha in favour of the Manmohan Singh government in 2008.