Staff Reporter

They have been asked to appear again on May 17

  • `The duo claimed they were innocent and gave prevaricating replies to most questions'
  • `Investigation is being conducted covering various aspects of the case'

    NEW DELHI: Two of the four Members of Parliament who were served fresh notices by the Delhi police to join investigations into the human trafficking racket allegedly involving Bharatiya Janata Party MP Babu Bhai Katara presented themselves before the investigating agency . The two Bahujan Samaj Party MPs have been asked to appear again on May 17.

    Mitrasen Yadav from Faizabad arrived at the R.K. Puram office of the Crime Branch, while Ashok Kumar Rawat from Misrikh joined later. Both were accompanied by their lawyers, who were, however, not present at the time of their questioning.

    It is learnt that the two MPs were confronted with certain documents, including copies of their visa forms and passport details, gathered by the police. Though senior police officers remained tight-lipped about what transpired during the questioning, according to sources, the duo claimed they were innocent and gave prevaricating replies to most questions. While Mr. Yadav was questioned for about two hours, Mr. Rawat was quizzed for about an hour and a half.

    Police Commissioner K.K. Paul said: "Investigation is being conducted covering various aspects of the case. There are certain gaps that need to be plugged." Stating that at this stage it would be a hasty decision to conclude about the complicity of the MPs, Dr. Paul said they had been asked to join the investigations to explain some of the doubts that emerged while gathering documentary evidence in the case.

    The other two MPs, Ramswaroop Koli from Bayana in Rajasthan and Mohammed Tahir Khan from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, did not turn up on Monday. The police will again serve them fresh notices to join the investigations. The four MPs were earlier served notices on April 23 seeking their cooperation in the investigations.

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