Hamid Ansari grants sanction to prosecute JD (U) MP

Anil Sahani

Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Hamid Ansari has given the sanction to CBI to prosecute Janata Dal-United member Anil Sahani.

The case relates to reimbursements being allegedly claimed by Sahani using fake boarding passes and tickets from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

Sahani claimed he is being framed.

This is the first time a serving Rajya Sabha member is being prosecuted, sources said.

A CBI official told that a charge-sheet in the case was filed last year, and with the clearance from the Rajya Sabha chairman, they will now proceed with “further action” which is likely to be arrest of the MP.

Members of parliament or assemblies cannot be arrested without prior permission of the presiding officers of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha or legislative assemblies.

While this is the first time that the Rajya Sabha chairman has given such a permission, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar had twice sanctioned arrests. The first was in 2010 against Congress MP Rajaram Pal in the cash-for-query scam. The second was against BJP MP Ashok Argal in the cash-for-vote case.

It was revealed that Sahani and three other accused allegedly used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes to defraud the Rajya Sabha of Rs.23.71 lakh.

Sahani, however, denied the charge.

“Under a parliamentary procedure, permission will have to be given. They are saying I took Rs.23 lakh, if I have even 23 paisa in my account I will resign,” he said.

“It is a conspiracy against me because I raise issues related to poor and the Dalits.”

“I will ask the chairman, I have given all documents and account statements which prove I did not take any money. How is the CBI prosecuting me then?” he added.