11 ex-MPs put on trial in 2005 cash for query scam

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New Delhi: A Delhi court today framed graft and criminal conspiracy charges against 11 former parliamentarians in the 2005 cash-for-query scam.

Special Judge Kiran Bansal put the 11 former MPs and an individual on trial, which will commence from the 12th of next month.

The former MPs accused in the case are Y G Mahajan (BJP), Chhatarpal Singh Lodha (BJP), Anna Saheb M K Patil (BJP), Manoj Kumar (RJD), Chandra Pratap Singh (BJP), Ram Sewak Singh (Congress), Narender Kumar Kushwaha (BSP), Pradeep Gandhi (BJP), Suresh Chandel (BJP), Lal Chandra Kol (BSP) and Raja Rampal (BSP).

A sting operation against the then MPs was conducted by two journalists which was telecast on a private news channel on December 12, 2005.

The prosecution had relied upon CDs/DVDs containing conversations among the accused and others.

The proceedings against one of an accused have been abated as he has passed away. He was alleged to be a middleman.