Cash-for-query scam: Seven former MPs granted bail
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 21:21
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday allowed the bail plea of seven former MPs who among others have been chargesheeted for allegedly taking money for asking questions in Parliament in 2005.

Special Judge Rakesh Siddharath granted bail to the accused former legislators saying the police had not arrested them during investigation into the case.

The court, however, asked them to give an undertaking that they would join investigation as and when required by the police.

Those granted bail are Chattrapal Singh Lodh, Anna Saheb M K Patil, Y G Mahajan, Naresh Kumar Kushwaha, Lal Chand Kol, Ram Sewak Singh and Chander Pratap Singh.

The accused are required to seek bail under the Criminal Procedure Code following summons issued against them after being chargesheeted in a case relating to cognisable offences.

The police earlier opposed their bail plea saying the accused being public representatives had accepted money for raising questions in Parliament. Their act was videographed whose authenticity has been proved in the forensic reports as well, they said.

"The act of the accused is not very material at this juncture as long as custodial interrogation is imperative. The accused have not been arrested till date shows that the prosecution does not require them to be incarcerated for investigation," the court said, granting them bail on personal and surety bond of Rs 25,000 each.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 21:21

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