Himachal court asks state, MP to justify burying ‘cash for favour sting video’ inquiry

Shimla: Over alleged video footage carried out in a sting operation showing accepting of cash in lieu of promising favours, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today in response to a petition issued notices to the state government and Member of Parliament Virender Kashyap. The court has asked that a replies be filed within four weeks.

Listed before division bench of Justice DD Sud and Justice Kuldip Singh, petitioner Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, who is also an RTI activist, has sought quashing of an police inquiry report of 2nd March, 2010 and asked for holding of an free and fair inquiry into a CD carrying an alleged video footage of the M.P. accepting cash and promising favours during a sting operation carried by TV 24 News Channel.

The petitioner has alleged that the inquiry conducted in the matter was not fair and was only aimed at hushing up the matter.

The SP Solan, on the directions of the DGP, Himachal had constituted a special team on 05.02.2010 to conduct inquiry into the matter and the team submitted its report on 02.03.2010 that no cognizable offence was made out.

During the course of investigation,Virender Kashyap filed nomination and got elected as Member of Parliament.

The petitioner has alleged that HP Police did not take the case to its logical conclusion due to political pressure as it did not get the forensic report of the CD from CFSL to establish the genuineness of the contents of the CD and also did not get the matching of voice samples of the MP and the alleged voice in the CD done.

The Bench has directed the state government and Virender Kashyap to file a reply within four weeks.

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