Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued notice to BJP MP Virender Kashyap on a petition filed by RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya for quashing a police inquiry report giving a clean chit to him after he was allegedly caught accepting cash on camera from a private party for helping it in securing permission for setting up an educational institution in the state.

A Division Bench comprising Justice DD Sud and Justice Kuldip Singh has asked Virender Kashyap to file reply within four weeks.

Petitioner has alleged that the then BJP led state government inquiry in 2010 was not fair and was aimed at hushing up the matter. The petitioner also sought a fresh free and fair inquiry into the case.

The petitioner has alleged that proper investigation was not conducted by the police after the case came to the fore. He blamed that Govt had constituted a special investigation team on February 5, 2009, with intent to only hush up the matter. It had submitted a report within less than a month with the conclusion that no cognisable offence was made out.

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