DGP denies case against SP leader Amar Singh

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Lucknow, May 13 (UNI) Denying case against the opposition political leaders, Uttar Pradesh police has handed over the entire matter relating to their raid at the Kolkata residence of Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh over the issue of a luxury bus to the anti-corruption wing.

Announcing this at a press conference here, state director general of police (DGP) Vikram Singh said the investigating agency will also probe into the deeds of the sub-inspector K K Diwedi, who was heading the raid team at Kolkata.

Denying that there was any case against Amar Singh or Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan, the DGP said the raid was in connection with a case registered against one Sarvortam Caps Ltd of Kolkata and Dilip Chabaria, car designer, Mumbai. The cases were lodged on February 2, 2008 under section 420 and section 55(5) of Motor vehicle Act at Kotwali Hamipur.

Earlier in the day, former UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had said a team of UP police headed by a sub-inspector rank officer last night raided the residence of Amar Singh at Kolkata in connection with a luxury bus controversy, which carried the Bachchans along with his family from Lucknow airport to Gomti Nagar on January 27, the birthday of Amar Singh.

''The officer K K Diwedi had said before the camera that they were sent to Kolkata on direct orders from the CM and they have been entrusted to prepare the case against Big B and Amar Singh,'' claimed Mr Yadav in a press conference here, while releasing the video CD of the raid.

According to the controversy, on January 27, both the families travelled in the said luxury bus, which had the registration number of Hamirpur district.

However, the RTO of Hamirpur was suspended by the government as the tax over the bus was not paid for converting it into a luxury vehicle and the registration was made on a fake address.

The entire family went to Barabanki, where foundation stone for a girls school in the name of Aishwarya Rai was laid.

The DGP denied the version of the SO K K Diwedi that he was sent on the directive of the CM. ''We have asked the anti-corruption wing to probe into how the officer said such a thing on camera'', he said.

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