//BJP Leader , Najma Heptulla under CBI scanner for corruption

BJP Leader , Najma Heptulla under CBI scanner for corruption


Nov 3, 2006 IANS

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday began probing charges of corruption and financial irregularities against Rajya Sabha MP Najma Heptulla during her tenure as Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) chairperson.

The investigation against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Najma Heptulla was ordered on the directions of the Delhi High Court, following public interest litigation (PIL).

"The case was referred to us a few days ago," said a CBI official, adding that a preliminary enquiry was started after the orders were received.

The CBI would also look into Heptulla's role in doctoring a photograph that showed her with freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, with whom she also has family ties, in a coffee table book "Journey of a Legend".

The original has the Shah of Iran sitting with the Maulana and Heptulla's photograph is superimposed on his.

The book was withdrawn after the disclosure that the photograph was morphed.

"We are in the process of finalising the teams that would be involved in the investigations," added the official.