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Cash-for-query scam: Seven former MPs granted bail

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

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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