NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday slammed the Delhi police for its “half-hearted” probe into the cash-for-vote scam and asked it to take the investigations to its logical conclusion and submit a final report within three weeks.
A bench of Mr Justice Aftab Alam and Mr Justice R M Lodha also regretted that a middleman of the “cheapest kind” was allowed to derail the parliamentary proceedings.
“It is a half-hearted attempt by you (Delhi police). You must take it to the logical conclusion,” the bench said after perusing the preliminary report of Delhi police which had claimed that no political leader was involved in the 2008 scam.
Declining to grant 40 days time sought by Delhi police, the Court asked it to submit a final report within three weeks. The Apex Court regretted that a middleman was allowed to interfere with the parliamentary proceedings. The Apex Court hoped that Delhi police will do a fair and free investigation into the alleged unfortunate episode.
“We are sure that the Delhi police can investigate in a fair and free manner. They are as good as any other investigating agency and will follow the law in letter and spirit,” the bench told the Additional Solicitor General, Mr Haren Rawal, appearing for the probe agency.
Delhi police had on Thursday filed before the Apex Court its status report on the probe into the scam in which it has arrested Suhail Hindustani and Sanjeev Saxena and quizzed MPs Mr Amar Singh, Mr Rewati Raman Singh and Mr Ashok Argal. The report was submitted to the Court in a sealed cover.
Delhi police had swung into action after the Apex Court had on July 15 expressed unhappiness over the “callous” approach to the probe. Saxena, an alleged aide of Mr Amar Singh, was the first to be arrested on July 17 for allegedly trying to bribe BJP MPs during UPA government’s trust vote on July 22, 2008. The second arrest was that of Hindustani, who is alleged to have acted as a liaison between Mr Amar Singh and the BJP MPs, who were allegedly bribed during the trust vote.