`Cash-for-votes scam probe by Delhi Police to be completed soon`

Investigation by Delhi Police into allegations of cash-for-votes during Trust Vote in Lok Sabha in 2008 will be completed soon, Home Minister P Chidambaram said.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 00:31 AM IST

New Delhi: Investigation by Delhi Police into
allegations of cash-for-votes during Trust Vote in Lok Sabha
in 2008 will be completed soon and the charge that a political
party engineered the sting operation would also be probed,
Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

Participating in the short duration discussion on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s statement on the WikiLeaks expose,
Chidambaram said, "Investigation is in progress and will be
completed shortly."
He said while the police investigates evidence including
the forensic reports, allegations that a political party
"engineered and manufactured" the sting operation would also
be probed.

Asserting that the probe would be thorough and taken to
its logical conclusion, Chidambaram said that revelations have
come that the sting operation by a television channel was not
an independent journalistic exercise but a "deliberate attempt
in collaboration with a political party."
Chidambaram, a noted lawyer, and Leader of the Opposition
Arun Jaitley, also an eminent lawyer, clashed frequently on
the Prime Minister`s comment that there was no conclusive
evidence by the Parliamentary committee that votes were
purchased for the trust vote.

The Home Minister sought to demolish the argument of BJP
that the UPA government did not enjoy the confidence of the
Lok Sabha and was reduced to a minority.

Without naming BJP, Chidambaram said that according to
allegations another political party was looking for buyers for
their MPs for the so-called sting operation.

"This was deliberate attempt to destabilise a sitting
government," he said adding that the UPA government enjoys the
total confidence of the people "whatever sting operations (are
done), whatever engineered."

Pointing out a conflicting role of the Home Minister, who
is also in charge of Delhi Police investigating into the case,
Jaitley said, "You are demolishing investigation of your own
colleagues... You have created cover up..."

However, Chidambaram said that the police is responsible
to the law of the land and not to an individual. "Police owes
its obedience to law...no man".

PTI