Cash-for-vote scam: Police to file status report

Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 21:23

New Delhi: Delhi Police will file a
status report on its investigations into the 2008 cash-for-
vote scam in the Supreme Court in the next couple of days
detailing the progress over the last fortnight.

The probe into the three-year-old case gathered
momentum after Supreme Court on July 15 rebuked Delhi Police
for its "callous" approach in the investigations.

"We will be filing the status report in the next
couple of days. It may be on August three or four," a senior
police official said.

After being pulled up by the apex court, the police
swung into action and arrested two persons Suhail Hindustani
and Sanjeev Saxena besides questioning political leaders Amar
Singh, Rewati Raman Singh and Ashok Argal.

Hindustani, an alleged middleman between BJP MPs
sought to be bribed and Amar Singh, had alleged that it was
Amar Singh who had sent the money for three opposition MPs to
vote in favour of UPA government during the trust vote.

Saxena, once considered close to Amar Singh, also
alleged that Singh was behind the episode. BJP MP Argal also
reiterated the claim.

Rewati Raman, who is accused of having played a
mediator`s role in the alleged bribery attempt in 2008, told
the police that Argal had approached him saying that he and
two other BJP MPs wanted to join SP as they feared that BJP
would deny seat to them due to delimitation of constituencies.

Argal countered Rewati Raman`s contention, saying it
was the other way round and alleged that Rewati Raman had
approached him. He said that the SP MP will have to explain
what he was doing at his house in the midnight of July 21 and
22, 2008.

Investigators have already given a virtual clean chit
to Rewati Raman and others saying it was Hindustani only who
tried to approach them for striking a deal for MPs to vote in
favour of the UPA government.

Police believe that Hindustani is the mastermind of
the scam and tried to entrap leaders of Samajwadi Party and it
was with this purpose that he telephoned Rewati Raman.

Investigators had earlier said they may summon Amar
Singh again if needed following the questioning of Argal and
Rewati Raman.

Police may also question Sudheendra Kulkarni, who
allegedly masterminded the sting operation to "expose" the
efforts to buy out MPs.

Investigators have also identified some bank accounts
from which money, displayed in Lok Sabha by three BJP MPs
during the trust vote, was withdrawn.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 21:23

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