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BSP MP questioned in human trafficking scam, claims innocence

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Mohammed Tahir Khan was Thursday questioned for nearly two hours by Delhi Police over his links in a human trafficking scam even as the politician denied his involvement in smuggling humans abroad.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police interrogated Khan. The investigating team is still questioning Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ramswaroop Koli for his alleged involvement in the scam.

The two politicians had twice failed to comply with the notices sent by the police seeking their cooperation in investigation.

Khan said dragging his name in the scam was a “conspiracy” against him and his party.

“It’s a conspiracy by the opposition against me and my party. I have done no wrong. I am not involved in any human trafficking scam,” Khan said, after he emerged from the interrogation.

“We are cooperating with the Crime Branch. I am ready to come anytime before the investigating agency or any parliamentary committee,” he added.

The BSP MP said that he had travelled twice abroad but refused to divulge the details.

The investigating agency had Tuesday issued notices for a third time to the duo after they failed to comply with the earlier notices.

On Monday, police had interrogated two BSP MPs – Mitrasen Yadav and Ashok Rawat – for nearly an hour after they presented themselves in response to the notices sent to them last month. Their passports were also kept by the police for further probe.

All the four MPs have been asked to present themselves before the investigating agency Thursday.

“Their presence was sought following the allegations made by Sunder (travel agent Sunder Lal Yadav),” a police official said.

Yadav, Rajendra Kumar Gampa and their female accomplice Kiran Dhar had revealed in a city court last month that MPs Khan and Koli were the central figures in a racket to smuggle people abroad on the diplomatic passports of the MPs’ family members or on forged documents.

Sunder and his two accomplices were nabbed after Babubhai Katara, BJP MP from Gujarat’s Dahod constituency, was arrested at the international airport here April 18 while allegedly trying to smuggle a woman and a teenager to Toronto on the diplomatic passports of his wife and son.