New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry is believed to have granted permission to the Delhi Police to question former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh in the cash-for-votes scam.
The clearance came on a request made by the Delhi Police to quiz Amar Singh, after his ex-aide Sanjeev Saxena – who is under arrest - said the former SP leader had provided him cash to deliver to three BJP MPs ahead of the 2008 trust vote on Indo-US nuclear deal.
Earlier today, Suhail Hindustani, who is alleged to have acted as a liaison between Amar Singh and BJP MPs in the cash-for-vote scam, sought to drag the Prime Minister and Congress president in the scam.
"I received calls from Amar Singh and Ahmed Patel (political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi). Those close to Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) called me and even from 10 Janpath (Gandhi`s residence)," claimed Hindustani to reporters before being questioned by Delhi Police`s Crime Branch officials probing the case.
Developments in the case came after the Supreme Court rapped the Delhi Police for its "callous" approach in probing the case. The police had filed an FIR in 2008 after a Parliamentary panel recommended it to investigate the case.
BJP MPs had displayed wads of cash in Lok Sabha on July 22, 2008 alleging that their MPs Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora were given money by Saxena allegedly at the behest of Singh and others to vote in favour of the government.