MPs not above law: HC

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today asked the police to frame charges against the 11 MPs allegedly involved in the cash-for-query scandal.

Eleven MPs had been caught demanding money on camera in the sting operation for raising questions in Parliament.

Hearing a petition filed by Anirudh Bahal, the Editor-in-Chief of Cobra Post, which has carried out the sting operation, Justice S N Dhingra said, ''The whole country had seen the shameful act being played out on TV but it seems, the police have no eyes and no ears.'' The police have been asked to submit an Action-Taken-Report (ATR) within 60 days. Mincing no words, Justice Dhingra was categorical that the MPs are not outside the purview of law. The police cannot be discriminatory singling out some people and leaving out the MPs, the judge said adding further that the dealings of the MPs warranted a thorough investigation.

The Delhi Police must book all those persons involved in the offence, according to the judge. The judgement could ruffle feathers among the conservative MPs.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chaterjee has been vocal in his opposition to judiciary's intervention over the matter.

It may be mentioned here that all the tainted MPs had to resign from the Parliament after an internal inquiry committee had found them guilty.

Defending the expulsion of MPs, Mr Chatterjee said such a move was taken by the Parliament's ''collective wisdom'' to curb the influence of corruption in the country's political system.


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