Cash-for-votes: Hindustani refutes police claims

The lawyers of Suhail Hindustani have denied allegations that he was the main conspirator of the alleged cash-for-votes scam.

Updated: Sep 20, 2011, 16:09 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The lawyers of Suhail Hindustani, arrested for serving as a middleman in the cash-for-votes scam, on Tuesday refuted claims made by Delhi Police that he was the main conspirator of the alleged selling of BJP Member of Parliamentarians (MPs) ahead of the trust vote in 2008.

As per reports, his lawyers said, “Hindustani did not posses any list of MPs who were willing to switch sides in favour of Congress party ahead of the crucial trust vote, who could be purchased in lieu of money.”

Hindustani’s lawyers categorically refuted Delhi Police claims that he tried to buy the MPs.

Delhi Police had earlier told the trial court that no Congress or Samajwadi Party leader had contacted the accused to strike a deal for MPs.

The prosecution also refuted Hindustani`s allegation that former SP leader Amar Singh and some Congress leaders had contacted him to negotiate with certain BJP MPs for their vote in favour of the trust motion for Manmohan Singh government in 2008.

The prosecution told the court that it was only Hindustani who was making repeated attempts to contact various persons to strike a deal for monetary considerations in the name of three BJP MPs.

Claiming that Hindustani hatched the whole conspiracy, prosecution pleaded the court that it needed to confront both Hindustani and Sanjeev Saxena – another key accused - with each other to complete the probe.

Slammed by the SC for a shoddy probe into the cash-for-vote scam, Delhi Police arrested Saxena on July 17 and Hindustani on July 22. Both were booked for offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Interestingly, Hindustani yesterday collapsed in Tis Hazari court during a hearing in connection with the case.