Amar Singh to stay in jail till Oct 24

Amar Singh had been arrested on Sep 6 for his alleged involvement in an attempt to bribe MPs ahead of the July 2008 Parliament trust vote.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The interim bail plea order of former Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh has been reserved by the Delhi High Court till October 24 in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam.

The Delhi Police today did not oppose the interim and regular bail applications of ailing Rajya Sabha member.

"The orders on the bail applications are reserved. Come on Monday for the order," Justice Suresh Kait said.

The ruling came after police submitted before the court that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where Amar Singh is admitted, said in its report that the MP`s condition was critical and he needed constant monitoring.

"We cannot dispute the medical report of AIIMS," said Delhi Police counsel, adding that Amar Singh had recorded his statement in the case so keeping in mind his medical condition they did not require his further custody.

The investigation into the case was over and only a final report had to be filed before the trial court, police said.

Police, who earlier opposed Amar Singh`s bail plea, took a U-turn and told Justice Kait that the MP`s background was clean as he had never tried to influence witnesses.

Police counsel favoured granting bail to the MP if he agreed not to leave the country and not tamper with evidence.

During the arguments, the court asked Amar Singh`s counsel if it was correct to say that he was the only bread earner in his family - a reason cited by him to seek bail.

The High Court had yesterday deferred the hearing till today after counsel for Delhi Police sought an adjournment of the matter as its senior counsel arguing the matter was not available, Justice Suresh Kait decided to hear both the applications of Amar Singh at 2.15 pm on Wednesday.

Justice Ajit Bharihoke, who retired last week, had Oct 12 adjourned the matter till Oct 18 after the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) submitted Amar Singh`s medical report.

The court accepted the report but said that it needed time to go through it.

The report of AIIMS, where Amar Singh is admitted, stated that he needs constant medical monitoring.

"He needs to be constantly monitored for renal function, infections and if he is travelling, he should be under the supervision of a nephrologist, a dialysis technician, a nurse and use ambulance/air ambulance for emergency," said the report by Dr Sanjay Gupta, an additional professor of the AIIMS` nephrology department.

The report said that Amar Singh has been suffering from several ailments including partial artery disease and respiratory problems besides urinary tract infection (UTI).

"Following discharge, he (Singh) needs to take medicines and follow a routine as directed to prevent any transplant kidney function deterioration," it said.

It had also recommended that Amar Singh be kept in a highly sanitised and hygienic environment and should avoid crowded places and unsanitised environment to prevent getting infected.

"The antibiotics need to be continued till the urine infection subsides and his renal parameters touch its baseline," it said.

After a Delhi court Sep 28 rejected Amar Singh`s interim and regular bail pleas, the 55-year-old continued to be treated at the AIIMS where he was admitted Sep 12.

He had been arrested Sep 6 for his alleged involvement in an attempt to bribe MPs ahead of the July 2008 Parliament trust vote.

On July 22, 2008, then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Bhagora and Ashok Argal waved wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha ahead of a trust vote, alleging they were given the money to vote in favour of the Manmohan Singh government.

After a Supreme Court rap for shoddy probe, Delhi Police July 17 made their first arrest in the case, taking Amar Singh`s secretary Sanjeev Saxena into custody.

Three days later, middleman Suhail Hindustani was arrested and Sep 6, Amar Singh, Kulaste and Bhagora were taken into custody.

BJP leader LK Advani`s former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni was the sixth person to be arrested in the case when he appeared before the court Sep 27.

A second supplementary chargesheet October 3 made Argal, a BJP MP from Bhind in Madhya Pradesh, an accused in the case.

Amar Singh has been charge-sheeted for the offence under section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, with section 120 B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

With IANS input

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