New Delhi: Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh`s interim bail in the cash-for-vote case was extended by another eight days by a Delhi court before whom his counsel
backtracked from his earlier statement that the BJP may have been the source of scam money named a Congress MP.
Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal extended till Sept 27 the interim bail of Amar Singh, who pleaded for it on health grounds.
Arguing for his bail, his counsel Ram Jethmalani sprang
a surprise naming Congress leader Ahmed Patel as "bribe
"The place of receipt of the bribe was not Amar Singh`s
home, but Le Meridien Hotel. The person to pay the bribe was
not Mr Amar Singh but obviously Mr Ahmad Patel, an MP and a
very influential member of the party whose government was to
be saved," he said.
Jethmalani said, "I am not suggesting that Patel, on
this piece of evidence, should be convicted but if you are
influencing MPs of other parties on behalf of your party, then
you are the bribe giver."
He contended that his client was not the "originator of
the conspiracy" as it was not he who conspired but it was the
person, whose government was to be saved that day on July 22,
"Now it is quite clear that the object of whosoever was
the conspirator on that day was to save the government during
the motion of confidence. The motive to secure other parties`
votes was to save the party. It was therefore quite natural
that this conspiracy originated with those who wanted to save
the government on that day," he said.