Home Ministry ask police to initiate criminal proceedings against Kulkarni

Published: February 2, 2009 - 17:35 Updated: February 3, 2009 - 11:31

Kushal Jeena, Hardnews

New Delhi, Feb 2: In a development that could have far reaching political implications, the home ministry has referred the findings of the vote-for-cash probe parliamentary committee to Delhi police asking it to initiate criminal proceedings against Sudheendra Kulkarni, a close aide of NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani.
According to highly placed ministry sources, the police have also been asked to probe whether this wads of cash brought by three BJP MP in Lok Sabha during debate on July-22 trust motion, has any link with the money stolen from a safe kept at BJP headquarters. A Delhi police official, who declined to be identified, said Kulkarni could shortly be called for questioning at the police headquarters

The police have also been directed to initiate similar proceedings against two other accused Sohail Hindustani, a BJP Yuva Morcha activist and Sanjeev Saxena, an aide of Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh who reportedly carried the money to the residences of three BJP MPS.

There are indications that economic offences wing of Delhi police could handle the investigation and interrogation of suspects, who have been indicted by the parliamentary panel. The home ministry has also asked the Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal wind up the investigation as early as possible and come out with the report before April end.

According to a senior police official the investigating team might also seek permission from the BJP president Rajnath Singh to visit the room where the cash was kept in the safe, which was stolen by some on the eve of Christmas. Interestingly, an amount of as huge as Rs 2 crore was taken away and the BJP leadership didn't bother even to file a first information report. The might look into this aspect also that could cause embarrassment for the party, The investigators would focus on finding the source of money that was placed on the floor of the House and that was stolen from 11, Ashok Road.

The Speaker of Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee had constituted a parliamentary committee to inquire into the allegations of cash being offered to lawmakers to vote for the motion. The committee, which was headed by Congress MP Kishore Chandra Deo has recently submitted its report to the Speaker, who sent it to the home ministry for necessary action.

However, Hardnews finds out that the cash that had become the property of the House was handed over to police by Lok Sabha Secretary General PDT Achary on Thursday as the money might be required as evidence during the course of investigation. The Speaker has also written to the home ministry asking it to hand over the investigation to a proper agency.