Cash-for-votes case: SC slams Delhi police

The Supreme Court on Friday slammed Delhi Police investigation in 2008 cash-for-votes scam in which former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh is named as a key conspirator.

New Delhi: Slamming Delhi police for its clean chit to politicians in cash-for-vote scam and its "half-hearted and hopeless" probe, the Supreme Court on Friday
asked the police to take the probe to its logical conclusion and submit a final report in three weeks.

A bench of justices Aftab Alam and RM Lodha, while lamenting that a middleman of the "cheapest kind" was allowed to derail parliamentary proceedings, termed the probe conducted so far as "half-hearted, meaningless and hopeless".

It asked the probe officials to shed their inhibitions and act in a free and fair manner since the investigations are being conducted at the directions of the apex court.

"Drop your inhibitions and follow the letter of your law.
Your second report is as meaningless or hopeless as the first

"Delhi police is capable of doing investigation as good
as any other agency. But Delhi police seems to be having
inhibitions. You should drop the inhibition," the bench
told Additional Solicitor General Haren Rawal appearing for
the police department.

When Rawal sought to clarify that the investigation was
proceeding in the right direction, the bench remarked "it is a
half-hearted attempt by you (Delhi police). You must take it
to the logical conclusion."

The bench made the remarks after perusing the preliminary
report of Delhi Police which had claimed no political leader
was involved in the 2008 scam.

Declining to grant 40 days time sought by Delhi Police,
the court asked it to submit a final report within three

The apex court regretted that a middleman was allowed to
interfere with parliamentary proceedings.

"It is so disgusting that a middle man of the cheapest
kind had been allowed to interfere with parliamentary
proceedings and he had succeeded," the bench observed.


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