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BJP issues notice to its 3 MPs over Cobrapost sting operation

Cobrapost exposed 3 MPs from BJP willing to issue letters of recommendation to promote a fictitious oil exploration company in exchange for fees.

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Updated:December 17, 2013, 11:28 AM IST
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BJP issues notice to its 3 MPs over Cobrapost sting operation
Cobrapost exposed 3 MPs from BJP willing to issue letters of recommendation to promote a fictitious oil exploration company in exchange for fees.

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Monday issued notice to its three MPs - Lalu Bhai Patel, Ravindra Kumar Pandey and Hari Manjhi over the Cobrapost sting operation.

Investigative website Cobrapost last week exposed a bunch of parliamentarians who were willing to not only write recommendation letters but also lobby with the Union Ministry of Petroleum for a foreign company to help it secure oil exploration and rigging rights in the Northeast.

The investigation, panning over a year, exposed 11 MPs from within the Congress, BJP, BSP, JDU and AIADMK willing to issue letters of recommendation to promote a fictitious Australian oil exploration company in exchange for fees ranging between Rs 50,000 to Rs 50 lakh. Six of these MPs even wrote the letters for a fee

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