Scotland’s top police chief has been contacted by a Holyrood committee investigating the SNP Government’s botched probe into Alex Salmond.
Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has been asked when complaints about the former First Minister were passed to the single force.
A Holyrood committee is examining how the SNP Government mishandled sexual misconduct complaints against Salmond.
The Nationalist veteran pursued legal action and it was accepted the internal Government probe had been unlawful and tainted by apparent bias.
The fiasco cost the taxpayer over £500,000 and destroyed the long-standing friendship between Nicola Sturgeon and Salmond.
Issues being looked at by the committee include the development of the anti-harassment policy, the handling of the actual complaints, and Salmond’s successful judicial review.
In a letter to Livingstone, committee convener Linda Fabiani wrote that MSPs received evidence that the force had been consulted during the development of the Government’s anti-harassment procedure.
She requested information on this contact, any advice provided by Police Scotland, and any communications on the issue.
Fabiani also raised the referral to the police by the Government after the investigation was completed.
She wrote: “The Committee requests details of the formal referral to Police Scotland by the Scottish Government of complaints made against the Former First Minister.”
Specifically, the Committee is seeking information on when the complaints were first referred to Police Scotland by the Government, and who made the referral.