Shimla: The state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau filed an FIR against sitting BJP Shimla parliamentarian Virender Kashyap in “cash on camera” case. The case against the MP was registered under Section 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act in Shimla.
In the sting operation, Kashyap was allegedly caught on camera accepting a bribe from a private party for helping it secure permission for setting up an educational institution in the state in 2009.
The investigating official stated that the case was registered after the authenticity of the video CD was proved by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory of Chandigarh.
Earlier, after sting was aired on TV channel, a special team of Solan Police in 2010 had conduct inquiry and within a month submitted report, in which Kashyap was given clean chit. However, in November 2013, the Himachal Pradesh High Court issued notice to BJP MP Virender Kashyap on a petition filed by RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya for quashing a police inquiry report giving a clean chit to him.
Petitioner had pleaded that the state government inquiry in 2010 was not fair and aimed at hushing up the matter. He also sought a fresh inquiry into the case.
The case was reopened by the police and it was re-investigated by the Vigilance.