Cash-for-scam: petitioners want independent probe

Unless an independent probe is ordered, a fair investigation will not be possible into the 2008 cash-for-vote scam in Parliament, petitioners told the Supreme Court.

The writ petition, filed by the former Chief Election Commissioner, J.M. Lyngdoh, and 13 others, under the banner of the India Rejuvenation Initiative, sought a direction to set up a Special Investigation Team to probe the scam, as exposed by the WikiLeaks and published in The Hindu .

The petitioners said that on March 23 this year there was a furore in Parliament following the publication of the WikiLeaks cables in The Hindu. The petitioners quoted the interview of Julian Assange of the WikiLeaks, published in The Hindu , in which he said this information could be used as corroborative evidence. They said a First Information Report was registered by the police on January 27, 2009 but no action was taken so far in spite of the fact that a parliamentary committee had given a report against errant politicians.

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