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Parliamentary panel on cash-for-vote scam to submit its report tomorrow

December 10, 2008 17:18 IST

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The Enquiry Committee that went into the alleged cash-for-vote scam during the July 22 trust vote would be presenting its report to Lok Sabha on Thursday.
The Committee was constituted by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee [Images] after three BJP MPs -- Ashok Argal, Fagan ingh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora -- displayed wads of currency notes in the House alleging that huge sums were offered to them to save the Manmohan Singh [Images] government.
The panel headed by senior Congress MP V Kishore Chandra Deo will place the report on the table of the
House tomorrow, sources said.
In its report, the Committee is understood to have suggested that the money trail could be probed by an investigating agency like CBI or the Income Tax department. 

The voluminous report which will comprise evidence given by witnesses and verbatim transcriptions of sittings also carry the "dissent" notes by the Bharatiya Janata Party's V K Malhotra, Mohd Salim of the Communist Party of India-Marxist and Ramgopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party.
The three BJP MPs earlier alleged that Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh [Images] and Congress leader Ahmed Patel were behind the attempt to lure them to the ruling side. Singh and Patel have, however, denied the charges.
While Argal and Kulaste have appeared before the panel, the third BJP MP Mahavir Bhagora could not appear as he was suffering from heart ailment.

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