Cash-for-vote: BJP leader alleges police bungling
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Last Updated: Friday, September 30, 2011, 22:49
New Delhi: Delhi police has "deliberately omitted" parts of the video tapes of sting operation into the 2008 cash-for-vote scam case, two accused former BJP MPs alleged before a court here on Friday.

"The paramount material and their (prosecution's) 'bramhastra' is the tapes. There is deliberate omission on part of the prosecution (in omitting it). After the money was put on the table there are interviews by the media which are omitted.

"The person conducting the sting operation said (in his statement) that money was put on table and after that he did some interviews and his piece to camera. Where is that (footage)?," Counsel appearing for Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora said before the Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal while seeking bail in the case.

Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra appearing for the two former BJP MPs said that the camera person had also confirmed about the interviews in his statement.

"The camera person also tells the same thing. We are living in an era of digital format. In the process of editing it (the final outcome) can be in form of seamless recording.

"Do they have the original tapes and if yes why have they not placed it before the court?" Luthra asked.

While seeking bail in the case the counsel for the duo said that this is one of the rare cases in which facts of the case is not in dispute but "colouring of the facts" is in dispute.

Luthra said that it is a fact that his clients met on the eve of the trust vote but that they were hatching a conspiracy a baseless presumption.

It also said that if his clients are made accused for not informing the police or other agencies about the bribe before exposing the crime then the private channel which conducted the sting operation should also be made an accused which not only refrained from informing the agency but also did not broadcast the video.

"The reluctance or desire of the private channel to sit over the video (of sting operation) cannot be attributed to my clients," the advocate said.


First Published: Friday, September 30, 2011, 22:49

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