Cash-for-vote: BJP MP spared personal appearance
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 19:15
New Delhi: In a respite to BJP MP Ashok Argal, the Delhi High Court today exempted him from appearing personally on November 3 before a special court in the 2008 cash-for-vote case.

Justice M L Mehta granted the relief to Argal while hearing his anticipatory bail plea, on which the high court bench issued notice to police, seeking its reply by November 14, the next date of hearing of the the bail pleas of other accused.

Appearing for Argal, advocate Sandeep Sethi pleaded for his exemption from appearance before Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal trying the cash-for-vote case.

"Argal should be exempted from personal appearance on November 3 as this very court will hear the bail pleas of all others accused on November 14," Sethi pleaded.

"My client being the complainant in the case should not be dragged in the case and he is entitled for bail as his name surfaced only in the second charge sheet," he contended.

The trial court had summoned Argal on October 14 for November 3 after police named him as an accused in its supplementary charge sheet filed on October 3.

Others being prosecuted in the case include Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh and senior BJP leader L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, besides two former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora. Amar Singh is on bail on health grounds.


First Published: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 19:15

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