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2008 cash-for-vote: Accused names Cong, SP leaders

Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 00:45

New Delhi: Suhail Hindustani, an accused in
the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, has moved a bail application in
a Delhi court claiming that it was top Congress and Samajwadi
Party leaders who were involved in the alleged offence.

"The material available with the investigating agency
clearly suggest and disclose the fact that persons who are
members and associated with Samajwadi Party and ruling
Congress Party, namely, Amar Singh, Revati Raman Singh and
Ahmad Patel were behind the institution of alleged
offence/crime," Hindustani, in his application filed before
Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, said.

The leaders, however, have already denied any involvement
in the episode .

The court issued a notice to Crime Branch of Delhi police
and sought its response on August 18. Hindustani, arrested on
July 20, is in judicial custody.

"There are clinching evidence available with
investigating agency which once again clearly establishes the
fact that the money given by accused Sanjeev Saxena to
original complainant was arranged/given by aforesaid persons
(leaders) with the objective to save the then minority
government of ruling party i.e Congress Party," the
application said.

Hindustani, an alleged BJP worker, sought bail on the
ground of his non-involvement and rather went on to say: "the
role of applicant herein, if any, is only to an extent to
expose rampant corruption in Indian democratic system."

Hindustani alleged frame up and blamed police of ruining
its own case by making him an accused instead of a witness.

"The applicant herein rather should have been arrayed as
witness by the prosecution but instead of arraying him as a
witness, he was made an accused by the investigating agency
with the sole objective to destroy the case itself so that the
truth should not come out," he said. Hindustani said there was neither any evidence nor
allegation against him that he gave or accepted the bribe.

Earlier, co-accused Sanjeev Saxena had also moved bail
application accusing police of pressurizing him to sign a
"pre-typed" statement having names of leaders of various
political parties as kingpins.

A former aide of SP leader Shahid Siddiqqui, Saxena, who
is in jail since July 17, had also alleged some BJP leaders
conspired with BSP to bring down the then UPA Government.
Saxena and Suhail Hindustani are in judicial custody till
August 18 in the case.

Slammed by the Supreme Court for a shoddy probe into the
scam, police had first arrested Saxena on July 17. Hindustani
was arrested three days after.

The two have been booked for various offences under the
Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case was registered in 2009 on recommendation by a
Parliamentary panel which had probed the cash-for-vote scam
dating back to July 2008.

On July 22, 2008, some BJP MPs had waved wads of currency
notes on the floor of Lok Sabha during the trust vote faced by
the UPA-I government, claiming they were given money to vote
in favour of the Manmohan Singh government.


First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 23:31

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