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Cash-for-votes: Court to hear Amar Singh's bail plea

A court on Wednesday will hear second bail plea of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

 
 

A court on Wednesday will hear second bail plea of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam.

Amar Singh was arrested on Tuesday and sent to judicial custody till September 19.

Singh had moved a fresh plea for interim bail on health grounds in a city court which asked the Delhi Police to respond on September 08.

Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal on September 06 rejected bail plea of an "ill" Amar Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP, and remanded him to judicial custody in the case in which he has been chargesheeted by Delhi Police following Supreme Court's displeasure over the "shoddy" probe.

The bail pleas of former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Singh Bhagora were also rejected, who too appeared before the court responding to its summons for their alleged role in the scam. They have also been remanded to judicial custody till September 19.

BJP leader LK Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, who has also been chargesheeted in the case, failed to appear before the court personally as he is stated to be abroad. The counsel for Kulkarni meanwhile said, "Kulkarni is in the USA and he will appear in court within two weeks."

The judge ordered that the three be brought in court on September 19 for the next hearing, during which the three accused can apply for regular bail.

The former Samajawadi Party general secretary, who had earlier through his counsel sought exemption from attending the court on medical grounds, appeared before the Special Judge armed with all his medical reports.

Making a fervent plea to the court to grant him bail on medical grounds, 55-year-old Singh said that he has only recently undergone kidney transplant at Singapore and requires intensive round the clock medicare.

The judge, however, after going through medical reports submitted by Singh to her, said the documents do not show his medical history after September 2010.

Taking cognisance of a Delhi Police chargesheet, the court had issued summons to Singh, Kulkarni, Kulaste and Bhagora on August 25, asking them to appear before it.

Two other arrested accused, Sohail Hindustani and Amar Singh's aide Sanjeev Saxena are already in custody.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police, in its chargesheet, had indicted all the six accused for their roles in the scam, involving payment of bribes to some MPs to win their votes in a trust motion for the Congress-led UPA government.

Regarding the role of Amar Singh, the police has alleged he had "conspired" with Saxena and others to bribe the then MPs, while Kulkarni played an "active role" during the trust motion.

However, the name of sitting BJP MP Ashok Argal, who was sought to be bribed to disobey the party line, was not mentioned in the chargesheet, and the Delhi Police said it would file a supplementary chargesheet after taking the requisite sanction to prosecute him.

 

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