Ansari Sanc­tions CBI Pros­e­cu­tion Against RS MP

Nod given against Janata Dal (United) MP Anil Sa­hani, who has been named in an LTC scam

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: In a first for the Ra­jya Sabha, Chair­man Hamid Ansari has given sanc­tion to the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion to pros­e­cute an MP.

In­formed sources told ET that the pros­e­cu­tion sanc­tion was given against Janata Dal (United) MP Anil Sa­hani, who has been named by the CBI in an LTC scam. This re­lates to re­im­burse­ments be­ing claimed against fake board­ing passes and bills from the Ra­jya Sabha Sec­re­tariat.

While this is a first for the Ra­jya Sabha, such sanc­tion has been given only twice ear­lier in the Lok Sabha. The first was in 2010 when then Speaker Meira Ku­mar gave sanc­tion against Congress MP Ra­jaram Pal in the cash-for-query scam. A year later, she gave a sanc­tion to Delhi Po­lice against BJP MP Ashok Ar­gal in the cash-for-vote case. When con­tacted, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Ya­dav said: “We’ll see what hap­pens, but party will surely con­sider ac­tion if there is any such thing.”

It’s lear nt that Vice-Pres­i­dent Ansari gave his con­sent a cou­ple of days back and the same has al­ready been com­mu­ni­cated to the agency. SHARAD YA­DAV Janata

The CBI had filed a chargesheet against Sa­hani and three oth­ers in the al­leged LTC scam in Oc­to­ber last year. The agency had sought a pros- ecu­tion sanc­tion against Sa­hani, but due to de­lay in the process went ahead and filed the chargesheet, said an of­fi­cial.

The CBI had reg­is­tered six cases against Ra­jya Sabha mem­bers for al­legedly fil­ing fake in­flated bills for their air trav­els. But oth­ers are yet to be chargesheeted. All par­lia­men­tar­i­ans get 34 free air tick­ets in a year for them­selves, their fam­ily mem­bers and as­so­ci­ates for do­mes­tic travel to their con­stituen­cies. The CBI in its chargesheet al­leged that Sa­hani had caused a loss of about ₹ 24 lakh through this al­leged mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion and fraud.

CON­SID­ER­ING AC­TION

chargesheet against Sa­hani and three oth­ers in the al­leged LTC scam in Oc­to­ber last year

reg­is­tered six cases against Ra­jya Sabha mem­bers for al­legedly fil­ing fake in­flated bills for their air trav­els; oth­ers are yet to be chargesheeted

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