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Police Investigation Into MP Appears To Have Closed

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Kanwal Singh Bakshi
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Wellington, Oct 16 NZPA - Police appear to have cleared National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi over immigration allegations.

Mr Bakshi has denied allegations he accepted money for false job offers to bolster Indian immigrant applications.

There have also been allegations about attempts to silence witnesses.

Immigration New Zealand started an inquiry last year but closed it in March because of a lack of evidence.

It then provided police with further information on the allegations after interviewing a new informant.

Counties-Manukau police were expected to release a statement on their investigation yesterday but it never arrived.

A spokeswoman told the New Zealand Herald the investigation was finished and had been checked by a legal team.

Police were provided with a sworn statement, obtained by Labour MP Pete Hodgson from a new informant, which said complainants were encouraged by people in India to drop the matter; "because he was going to be the first Sikh MP in New Zealand".

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