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India's Parliament Expels 11 Lawmakers for Taking Bribes


India's parliament has expelled 11 members whose pictures were shown on TV as they took money in return for raising questions in parliament. India's Aaj Tak TV Channel reported that it had filmed the 11 taking as little as 100 dollars (5,000 rupees) in return for asking questions in parliament.

The upper house expelled one member and the lower house 10 after parliamentary committees investigating the allegations recommended they go. The 11 include members from the ruling Congress party, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and also small regional parties. They deny any wrongdoing and some say they are victims of a conspiracy. This week, another TV channel said it has filmed seven other lawmakers as they asked for kickbacks for approving funds for development projects in their own constituencies.

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