The Labour peer Lord Janner who has been deemed unfit to stand trial signed a letter on the 9th April 2015 to the House of Lords requesting a leave of absence – just eleven days ago.
Janner could face further investigation by police after the House of Lords confirmed that the peer signed the official document.
A spokesman for the House of Lords told the Guardian that the signature matched previous samples and there was no reason to believe it was signed by someone else.
A spokeswoman for Leicestershire police said they would consider contacting the House of Lords about the letter as part of Operation Enamel, their ongoing investigation into Janner and other alleged paedophiles.
Janner’s letter was addressed to David Beamish, the clerk of the parliaments, and arrived at his desk on 9 April.
The peer wrote: “I am writing to request Leave of Absence from the House of Lords for the duration of the 2015 Parliament. I understand that this will take effect on the next sitting day.”
The letter was signed by Lord Janner, but the signature has been blanked out by the House of Lords to avoid any risk of ID theft. Below, someone has printed “Lord Janner of Braunstone” on the bottom of the letter.
Asked whether Janner’s signature on the letter warranted further inquiries given the public outcry over whether he is fit to stand, a House of Lords spokesman said: “The signature on the form matches the signature of Lord Janner of Braunstone. There is nothing for the Clerk of the Parliaments to investigate.”
Campaigners said that the letter pointed to another reason why Saunders was wrong to drop the prosecution of Janner.
Simon Danczuk, the former Labour MP for Rochdale who has co-written a book about the Cyril Smith child sex abuse scandal, said: “The decision on whether Lord Janner is fit to stand trial should be resolved before the courts and not in a clandestine and quasi judicial way behind closed doors.
“If Lord Janner is incapable of answering questions and going before a court then how can he possibly remain a possible legislator in the House of Lords? It’s bringing the whole place into disrepute.”