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Cash-for-vote: BJP MP spared personal appearance

In a respite to BJP MP Ashok Argal, the Delhi High Court exempted him from appearing personally on November 3 before a special court.



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.

PTI

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