Central agency must probe cash-for-vote scam: Md. Salim

Criticising the manner in which both the Delhi Police and the parliamentary committee set up to probe the cash-for-vote scam for allegedly shielding the main culprits in the scandal and arresting “small fries” instead as an eyewash for the nation, former Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP Md. Salim has demanded further investigation of the case by a “specialised criminal investigation agency”.

Mr. Salim was a member of the aforesaid parliamentary committee.

Claiming that major corporate players as well as MPs belonging to all but Left parties were involved in the scam that rocked Parliament in 2008, Mr. Salim, who is also a member of the CPI(M) Central Committee, further alleged that the Prime Minister was also aware of the money-dealing but kept silent to “save his chair”.

Without taking her name, he also pointed fingers at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was then the lone Trinamool Congress MP in Parliament, for her alleged connivance in the incident. “Various rates were fixed for MPs who voted for another party, MPs who abstained from voting and MPs who did not attend the trust vote motion at all. There was an MP from West Bengal who did not attend,” Mr. Salim said.

He alleged that he had given a note of dissent to committee chairman V. Krishna Chandra S. Deo, which was not properly recorded at the instance of the UPA government due to its disinterestedness to nail the culprits.

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