Himachal BJP MP booked accepting cash on camera

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By : Mohan Verma

The Himachal Pradesh Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau on Thursday booked BJP’s sitting MP Virender Kashyap who was allegedly caught accepting cash on camera.

The BJP has retained the one-time MP Kashyap from the Shimla (reserved) seat.

A senior police official told that a case against Kashyap was registered under Section 9 of the “Prevention of Corruption Act.”

“The case was registered after the authenticity of the video CD was proved by the CFSL (Central Forensic Science Laboratory) of Chandigarh,” said the investigating official, who didn’t wish to be identified.

Last November, the Himachal Pradesh high court issued notice to Kashyap on a petition for quashing a police inquiry report giving a clean chit to him after he was allegedly caught accepting cash.

Petitioner Devashish Bhattacharya has alleged the state government inquiry in 2010 was not fair and aimed at hushing up the matter. He also sought a fresh free and fair inquiry into the case.

The police re-investigated the case after the intervention of the high court.

Official sources said a video CD was in circulation in January 2010 in which Kashyap was seen accepting bribe from a private party for helping it in securing permission for setting up an educational institution in the state.

At that time, Prem Kumar Dhumal led BJP government was in power in the state.