Friday, July 25, 2008

Respected Sir,
Kindly refer to the blog -
& media reports about the offering & acceptance of money during the vote of confidence on the floor of the lower house of the Indian Parliament.
It has been learnt that the private TV channel submitted a CD & few Members of Parliament lodge a complaint with the DG of the Lok Sabha, hence under the authority of RTI Act, 2005 may I ask the following information :-
1. Copy of the complaint submitted by the M.P's.
2. Copy of the CD submitted by the private TV channel about the sting operation.
The required fee postal orders are being sent by post.

Naresh Kadyan,
30/347, Dev Colony, ROHTAK (Haryana)
- +91- 9313312099

BJP MPs file complaint with Speaker
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 25
Showing no signs of retreat from its stand that the UPA indulged in horse-trading to survive the trust vote in Parliament, the BJP today filed a formal complaint alleging that three of its MPs were bribed in return for support to the government.

The complaint levels allegations of bribery against Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh, another senior SP leader Revati Raman Singh and Congress’ strategist Ahmad Patel. It was filed today with the office of the Speaker in the Lok Sabha secretariat.

BJP parliamentary party spokesperson V.K. Malhotra, confirming the submission of complaint, said: “The BJP today filed a complaint stating how its MPs were bribed to vote for the Prime Minister’s confidence motion. The complaint has been submitted to the Speaker.”

Amar Singh, on the other hand, rubbished the allegations of bribery, saying: “We also lost MPs to the other side; we have expelled them. There is no question of having paid anyone anything.” Interestingly, when the BJP was submitting its complaint to the Speaker in the capital, SP’s Kishori Lal Yadav was readying to attend the hearing in the defamation case he filed against three BJP MPs alleging bribery by SP leaders as well as L K Advani. The case came up for hearing in Lucknow.

The bribery complaint by the BJP comes three days after BJP MPs -- Ashok Argal, Mahavir Bhagora and Fagan Singh Kulste -- displayed wads of currency in the Lok Sabha. It is significant as it opens doors for a possible inquiry into the incident that has shamed Parliament. The complainants have reportedly submitted “sufficient evidence” in support of their claims; the evidence is said to comprise details of SMSs exchanged ahead of the deal, and TV footage of the incident.

Confirming the receipt of a formal complaint by BJP MPs today, sources in the Speaker’s office said the case couldnow be examined. “In the absence of any complaint, we had no locus standi under rules to proceed with any investigation into this sensitive matter. Now, the Speaker can examine contents of the complaints and the supporting documents and evidence to see if a case is made out.”

In case the Speaker, upon perusal of the submitted file, finds that a prima facie case is made out, the matter will be referred to a Lok Sabha committee for further examination. Sources in the LS secretariat today said although the matter was fit to be referred to the ethics committee of the Lok Sabha, this may not be possible as the committee did not have a chairman.

“No chairman could be appointed after the demise of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar. The House wanted someone of Chandra Shekhar’s stature, but could not arrive on a consensus,” source said.

In that case, the BJP’s complaint, complete with documents, is now likely to be referred to the privileges committee. The Speaker may also constitute a separate committee to look into the matter. The final view will be taken next week.

Ashok Argal, centre, Faggan Singh Kulaste, right, and Mahavir Bagora

New Delhi: The three BJP MPs who alleged they were offered Rs 3 crore each for abstaining in the trust vote have been asked to give a formal complaint by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

In a communication to the three MPs Ashok Argal, Mahavir Bhagora and Fagan Singh Kulste on Wednesday night, the Secretariat asked them to present their version officially to enable it to take the case forward, official sources said.

The Lok Sabha witnessed unprecedented drama on July 22 when the BJP members walked in the middle of the House flashing wads of currency notes claiming that it was given by a Samajwadi Party leader as bribe for absenting themselves from the trust vote.

mumbai news
Kind attention :-
The Commissioner of Delhi Police:
Public servant:-

Kindly refer to the print & electronics media reports that the Hon'ble Member of Parliament offered & accepts bribe to favor the vote of confidence voted on July 22nd in the lower house of the Indian Parliament . In my opinion all M.P's involved in the offering & accepting bribe violated the law of the land -
Hence I would request you that please direct the concerned Police officer to take legal actions against the offenders, where as the money was carried by these M.P's to the house & they have lodged a complaint with the Director General of the Lok Sabha today. It would be pertinent to mention here that a suit also moved in the court as per the media reports.

Naresh Kadyan,
30 / 347, Dev Colony, ROHTAK
( Haryana )
- +91- 9313312099


BJP MPs allege bribe by SP
Faraz Ahmad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
In an unprecedented development, on the second day of the confidence vote debate at the special session of Parliament today, three BJP MPs from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan walked to the well of the Lok Sabha and poured a bag full of currency notes worth Rs 1 crore.

BJP MPs Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bagora, led by Argal, alleged that they were offered the money by one Sanjiv Saxena or Shrivastava on behalf of the Samajwadi Party. An indignant BJP/NDA, holding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh responsible for this, sought his resignation right away.

The proceedings had to be suspended as BJP members followed by other NDA members rushed into the well, raising slogans against the government alleging that it had offered them cash bribes to abstain from voting to ensure the success of the confidence vote.

Around 3.30 pm while CPM leader Basudeb Acharia was speaking and Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal was presiding, the BJP members walked up to the table of the House with a black bag and poured out 10 bundles of currency notes of Rs 1,000 denomination.

The House was thrown out of gear, with members from the treasury and opposition benches rushing into the well and shouting down each other.

Most of what was being said was not audible. Despite repeated attempts by the watch and ward staff to restore order, members used their mobile phones to capture the wads of notes on their cell cameras.

The impact of the sudden production of currency notes on the table of the House was so dramatic that for a couple of minutes even important leaders and ministers did not know how to react. A shocked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi sat flabbergasted as did the otherwise politically sharp Lalu Prasad.

Eventually Lalu Prasad recovered composure and could be seen gesticulating that the person concerned should be arrested.

In the meantime, the House was adjourned and the Speaker sought a meeting of leaders of political parties as Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani came rushing in and going directly to the Speaker’s chamber.In the meantime the drama shifted to the corridors of Parliament.

Outside, Advani alleged: “This is a black day for Indian Parliament. Never before this was witnessed in a confidence vote. We had complained of horse-trading, but we were asked to provide evidence.”

The BJP called this a sting operation claiming that SP general secretary Amar Singh on behalf of the government and the Congress, was offering its MPs inducements to abstain from the confidence vote.

Advani said: “ My three MPs informed me that they have been offered cash. Then we decided to present this amount on the table of the House. The members asked a TV channel to record everything. And everything is now on a CD.” “Now whether they win or lose the confidence vote, they have lost the larger battle already.”

BJP president Rajnath Singh spoke in the same vein. He said: “We have been alleging horse-trading for the last four days. Now it is for the Speaker to decide. We shall see what ruling the Speaker gives.”

The treasury benches rejected the incident as a “deliberate drama enacted by the BJP when they were certain to lose the vote of confidence.”

Lalu Prasad said: “Anyone who has taken bribe or offered bribe, should be punished. This is a serious matter and the highest inquiry should be held.”

He also alleged that his party MP Pappu Yadav was offered Rs 7 crore as bribe by BJP deputy leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra. Incidentally, Yadav repeated the allegation to the TV channels in Parliament House.

Science and Technology minister Kapil Sibal said: “Parliamentary democracy reached a nadir today. Never before something like this has happened in the House. Nothing can be brought into the House without the permission of the Speaker. So far, the police was barred from entering the House. But this will be the first time that police investigators will enter the precincts of the House to investigate the matter.”

Meanwhile, chief editor of CNN-IBN Rajdeep Sardesai submitted the CD of the operation to the Speaker to help in the investigations.

BJP MPs allege bribe by SP
New Delhi, July 22
BJP MPs Ashok Argal (right), Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora (left) show the packets of money they were allegedly given to switch sides during the special session of the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. In an unprecedented development, on the second day of the confidence vote debate at the special session of Parliament today, three BJP MPs walked to the well of the Lok Sabha and poured a bag full of currency notes worth Rs 1 crore.
BJP MPs Ashok Argal (right), Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora (left) show the packets of money they were allegedly given to switch sides during the special session of the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI/Lok Sabha TV

Privilege notice against 3 MPs

New Delhi, July 23
The Samajwadi Party today complained to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee about the three BJP MPs who had alleged that they had been bribed by the party to abstain in the trust vote that was won by the Manmohan Singh government.

"I have written a complaint about breach of privilege to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee," party's chief whip in the Lok Sabha Mohan Singh said.

There were dramatic scenes during the debate on the trust vote yesterday with three MPs from the BJP — Ashok Argal (Morena), Faggan Singh Kulaste (Mandla) and Mahavir Bhagora (Salumber) — displaying wads of currency in the Lok Sabha, alleging that they had been bribed by the Samajwadi Party.

The three MPs said the money was given to them by Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh and they also named Congress leader Ahmed Patel.

Mohan Singh said he had cited three points while moving the breach of privilege against the three MPs.

"My name was announced and I had stood up to give my speech when these three MPs jumped into the well and restricted the speech."

The three had not given prior notice to either the Speaker or the presiding officer. "They displayed bundles of currency notes as the whole nation and the world saw in disgust. They have maligned the temple of Indian democracy and tarnished the image of the country."

Third, he has pointed out that carrying bundles of currency notes into the House was prohibited. "How could they get so much of money inside the House? It is prohibitory material. This is a breach of Parliament," Mohan Singh said. — IANS