Police record Congress MP’s explanation for demanding bribe

Kozhikode: Police officials recorded the statement of Congress MP MK Raghavan on Monday in connection with the allegation of demanding a bribe. This case came up during a sting operation conducted and broadcast by a television channel.

A Hindi news channel had broadcast a video clip on 3 April, where Kozhikode MP Raghavan was heard settling an amount as a bribe with two people, allegedly for some land acquisition needed to build a hotel in the city.

Raghavan has been a parliamentarian of the Congress twice. He is a candidate in this Lok Sabha election too.

Two officers led by DCP AK Jamaluddin reached Raghavan’s residence on 8 April at 7 in the morning and recorded his statement that lasted more than an hour.

After this, Raghavan told reporters that the police officers have recorded his statement.

The Congress MP said, “I filed my statement before the authorities. The investigation is in progress. Let it conclude. The people’s court (election) and the legal court will decide on this complaint.”

State chief electoral officer Tika Ram Meena had earlier said that the Election Commission was investigating the charges against the MP.

In the video, Raghavan is shown demanding Rs 5 crore from two people. These people had visited Raghavan to talk about land acquisition needed by a real estate company.

District Collector S Sambasiva Rao last week had submitted to the Election Commission’s chief electoral officer Teeka Ram Meena his report on the sting operation shown by a news channel. The report advised a scientific test to ensure the authenticity of the footage.

City police commissioner AV George had informed the Press last week that “a special police team has been formed to probe the case and investigation is in the preliminary stage. More details could be revealed only after a detailed probe.”

Meena had said those who had alleged UDF candidate in Kozhikode MK Raghavan had taken a bribe must be ready to face action if they were unable to produce corroborative evidence in support of their claim.