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


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

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