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Cash-for-vote: No proof of Rewati Raman`s role

Last Updated: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 15:44

New Delhi: The Delhi Police today told a city
court that there is no evidence till now to show Samajwadi
Party leader Rewati Raman Singh`s involvement in the 2008
cash-for-vote scam.

Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan told Special Judge Sangita
Dhingra Sehgal that on the basis of evidence available on
record, it cannot be said that Singh was part of the alleged
conspiracy to bribe parliamentarians to secure their support
during voting on the 2008 trust vote sought by the UPA-I
government and so he has not named in the charge sheet.

"There is no evidence available against him to name him as
accused in the charge sheet. There is no conversation or talk
or any record to show that Rewati Raman Singh was part of the
conspiracy," said the prosecutor.

Mohan made the submission in response to the court`s
direction a day earlier to apprise it of the probe into
alleged involvement Rewati Raman Singh in the scam and also
spell out its stand on his role.

Regarding defence counsel`s allegation that Rewati Raman
Singh had met BJP MPs and was in constant touch with them
during the trust vote on July 22, 2008, the prosecutor said
meeting BJP MPs was not prohibited.

He said if the meeting had been held, then the prosecution
has to see if it was for any illegal purpose.
He said Singh was interrogated by the Crime Branch of
Delhi Police and the statement of other accused including
two former BJP MPs had also been recorded but no role can be
attributed to Singh and that is why he was not named in the
charge sheet.

Meanwhile, the court reserved for October 21 its order on
the bail pleas of Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide of BJP
leader L K Advani, and two former BJP MPs -- Faggan Singh
Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora, also accused in the case.

The court`s query on Rewati Raman Singh had come after the
counsel for Kulaste and Bhagora, during the hearing on their
bail pleas, alleged police had not recorded Singh`s statement
despite the fact that he was seen in a CD of a sting operation
conducted by a private channel.

The counsel, appearing for Kulkarni, too said the call
records of Rewati Raman Singh suggest he was in constant touch
with other accused in the case during commission of the
alleged offence.

The judge had told the prosecution yesterday, "I have not
been interfering in the investigation till date but when time
comes, the court would have to step in. I remember you
(prosecutor) had said you are doing something with regard to
Rewati Raman Singh. What have you done till date? Did you
record his statement?"


First Published: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 15:43
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