New Delhi: The Ethics Committee of
Parliament has submitted a report to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira
Kumar regarding the prosecution of Congress MP Rajaram Pal in
the cash-for-query scam that rocked Parliament five years ago.
"His case is under examination. The Ethics Committee
has sent it (report) to me. I have to decide," Kumar told
reporters when asked about the status of Pal`s case.
The Delhi Police had sent its request for sanction to
prosecute Pal in July 2009, soon after the 15th Lok Sabha came
In 2005, the Ethics Committee, asked to look into the
matter, held 11 MPs guilty who were expelled from the Lok
Sabha by then Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
Pal, who was a BSP MP in the previous Lok Sabha, was
among those expelled from the House but he managed to win
the 2009 General Elections from Akbarpur in UP on the Congress
While a new LS membership would have ended the issue, a
High Court order for investigation into the scam led to a
The Delhi Police filed a chargesheet in June 2009
against 13 persons, including 10 former MPs.
None of the accused MPs was able to return to LS except
Pal. This made it mandatory for the police to seek
Parliament`s nod to file a charge-sheet against the MP.
Attorney General G E Vahanvati had also said it was
the Speaker`s prerogative to decide on whether a chargesheet
should be filed against Pal.
`Operation Duryodhan`, an expose by a private news
channel in 2005, showed MPs on camera accepting money to ask
questions in Parliament.