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July 21, 2011.
To describe the Delhi police's investigation into the 2008 cash-for-votes scandal as a tardy probe is much too flattering. The sorry truth is that the police have done next to nothing to show they are serious about making progress in the case, a level of inaction that smacks of the bad old political cover-up. If they seem to have been finally pressed into some action, it is thanks to the stinging rebuke delivered by the Supreme Court about the “inefficient and directionless probe” in this case. The scandal revolves round the charge that the United Progressive Alliance government, in its previous term, bribed opposition MPs to vote in its favour in a floor test that followed the withdrawal of Left support. But it will need a lot more than the arrest of Sanjeev Saxena, a close aide of former Samajwadi MP Amar Singh, and Suhail Hindustani, who allegedly liaised the attempt to buy the votes of three BJP MPs, and the move to question Mr. Amar Singh to convince the public that justice is sought to be done.
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