LTC scam: JD(U) MP denies charges, refuses to resign

RSTV Bureau

Rajya-Sabha-Chair,-Hamid-Ansari,-Secretary-General,-Master-Shot,-Rajya-Sabha---Nov-27,-2015A day after Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari gave his approval to the CBI to go ahead and prosecute JD(U) MP Anil Sahani in the LTC scam for cheating and corruption, the MP has denied charges and alleged political conspiracy.

The Bihar MP is the first MP from the Upper House to be prosecuted by the CBI.

Sahani, a second time MP, had claimed that it was a political conspiracy to malign him.

“It’s a conspiracy against me… Why shall I resign on moral ground when I have not done anything wrong,” Sahani told PTI in Patna.

The MP said he will also talk to lawyers to file a defamation suit.

Sahni alleged that he fell victim to a “racket” which operated in raising fake bills for LTC for parliamentarians.

“Twice I drew attention of the authorities in 2013 about false bill submitted in my name by racketeers against LTC,” he said, defending himself in the controversy.

“I invite the probe agency to check my bank accounts in Delhi as well in Patna to ascertain flow of money on this count,” he added.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet against Sahani alleging that he, in conspiracy with other persons, used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes to defraud Rajya Sabha of for an amount of Rs 23.71 lakh as travel and dearness allowance reimbursement without undertaking the actual journey.

Sahani’s term in the Rajya Sabha ends in April 2018. The others named in the CBI chargesheet are Anup Singh Panwar, an employee of Delhi-based Air Cruise Travels Private Limited, NS Nair, then Office Superintendent (Traffic), Air India and one Arvind Tiwari.

All Parliamentarians (both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha) get 34 free air tickets in a year for themselves, their family members and associates for domestic travel to their constituencies.

(With inputs from PTI)