The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate claims that Scotland Yard covered up the murder of a young boy at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring.
They will examine whether corrupt Police officers ignored clues related to the death of eight–year-old Vishal Mehrotra back in 1981.
The Telegraph reports: Last November Vishal’s father, retired magistrate Vishambar Mehrotra, told the Telegraph that police had deliberately covered up his son’s killing to protect a network of high-profile child abusers.
After his allegations were passed to Scotland Yard, the Met Police launched an internal investigation into historic “corruption”, which has now been referred to the IPCC.
Vishal was abducted as he walked home to Putney, south-west London, after watching the marriage procession of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
He disappeared less than a mile away from the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes, where a group of high-profile paedophiles including MPs are said to have abused young boys. Six months later the young boy’s bones were found in a Sussex field.
Last December, the Metropolitan Police announced it was investigating possible murders linked to the guesthouse.
The new inquiry was opened when an alleged victim came forward claiming to have witnessed three boys being killed, including one allegedly strangled by a Conservative MP during a depraved sex game.
In December, Vishal’s father, Vishambar Mehrotra, a retired magistrate, told the Telegraph he had recorded a mystery caller saying his son might have been taken to the Elm Guest House.
He took the recording to police at the time but claimed they refused to investigate an allegation implicating “judges and politicians”. Mr Mehrotra said it had been a huge ‘cover-up’.
After the Telegraph passed his complaint to police, the Met launched an internal probe led by the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards.
That investigation has now been handed over to the independent police watchdog, which will decide whether the original case was handled correctly.
Speaking to LBC after it emerged that the IPCC will investigate his complaint, Mr Mehrotra said: “I was very pleasantly surprised because it seems that somebody is taking things a bit seriously for the first time after 33 years. It was thanks to the media that something is happening. Whether they uncover something, time will tell.”
A spokesman for the Met Police said: “The Met were made aware of a complaint alleging corruption relating to the Met Police’s original missing person investigation into the disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra via the press.
“This complaint has been referred to the Met Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards.
“This matter will shortly be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”