RCMP will not investigate Grewal
Friday, August 12, 2005 Updated at 5:48 PM EDT
Ottawa — The RCMP will not launch a criminal investigation into the Germant Grewal affair.
The Mounties say they have reviewed complaints of criminal wrongdoing with respect to audio recordings the Conservative member of Parliament made of conversations with Liberal officials last spring.
The RCMP say they listened to the tapes and interviewed the principals involved and determined no criminal investigation is warranted.
Mr. Grewal claimed that Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh and Tim Murphy, Prime Minister Paul Martin's chief of staff, had offered him and his wife Nina, also an MP, patronage positions if they joined the Liberals just before an important budget vote May 19.
Mr. Grewal made headlines again in June when he was spotted at a Vancouver airport trying to get someone to take an envelope full of audio tapes to Ottawa. He later went on stress leave.
Update. See now also the National Post story and CBC story