SC raps Delhi Police for callous probe in cash-for-vote scam

New Delhi: Coming down heavily on Delhi Police for its "callous approach" in probing the 2008 `cash- for-vote scam`, the Supreme Court on Friday asked why it has not taken action so far against those involved in the case.

"We are not happy at all with the probe done by the Delhi Police. This is not the way to probe the offence of such serious nature," a bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha said.

The court expressed concern that no progress has been made by the police in the case. "Investigation has been done with callousness on the complaint filed by Lok Sabha Secretary," it said.

The bench said it was "fully dis-satisfied" with the status report filed by the police and pulled it up for not carrying out custodial interrogation.

"No substantial progress has been made in two years. We are really concerned. Investigation must move fast and it must be brought to its logical conclusion," it said.

Additional Solicitor General Haren Rawal assured the court that the investigation will be completed in two months after the bench severely criticised the police for not conducting proper probe and failing to take action against those involved in the scam which relates the trust vote faced by the UPA government in July 2008.

The court was hearing a petition filed by former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh seeking directions to the government to take action against politicians involved in the scam.

As soon as the matter came up for hearing, the bench expressed surprise over the contents of the status report filed by the city police in the case containing just the statements made by some MPs.