Cash-for-votes: Kulkarni, ex-BJP MPs move HC for bail

Last Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 17:44

New Delhi: Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide
of BJP leader L K Advani and an accused in cash-for-vote case,
on Saturday moved the Delhi High Court against refusal of bail to
him by the trial court.

Besides Kulkarni, former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste
and Mahabir Singh Bhagora also approached High Court
challenging the verdict of the trial court dismissing their
bail pleas.

Kulkarni, who is in jail since September 27, has
challenged the trial court`s rejection of his bail plea saying
he was the "guiding star" and "facilitator" of the "conspiracy
aimed at mocking" the Republic of India.

In the petition filed through advocate Mahipal Ahluwalia,
Kulkarni said he, along with the BJP MPs, got involved in the
sting operation, conducted by a private news channel only to
expose the "horse trading" that was going on to save the then
UPA-I government in the vote of trust in the Lok Sabha on July
22, 2008.

Claiming themselves to be "whistleblowers" who helped in
exposing the corruption to save the government, they pleaded
the trial court had wrongly dismissed their plea for bail and
that order should be set aside.

The trial court had on October 21 dismissed the bail
pleas of Kulkarni, Bhagora and Kulaste.

The court had brushed aside the contentions of the
accused of being whistleblowers in the case saying despite
having "ample opportunities" they did not disclose about the
bribe given to them to any law enforcing agency.

Besides, the then former Samajwadi Party general
secretary Amar Singh, BJP MP Ashok Argal, SP MP Rewati Raman
Singh have also been made accused in the case.

The High Court had earlier granted bail to Amar Sigh on
medical ground and it had also stayed the summoning order
issued by the trial court to Rewati Raman Singh.

Besides the political leaders, alleged BJP activist
Suhail Hindustani and Amar Singh`s aide Sanjeev Saxena are
facing prosecution in the case for their alleged complicity in
the case.

Questioning the probe done by the Delhi Police in the
case, Kulaste, who has filed his petition through advocate
Anil Soni, said he was entitled to bail as the investigation
in the case was "tainted" and police had not yet traced the
money trail.

The trial court, while dismissing the bail pleas of
Kulaste and Bhagora, had said that it appeared that since July
21, 2008 the accused remained part of the criminal conspiracy
hatched between Hindustani and Kulkarni.

Kulkarni along with the two BJP MPs is currently lodged
in Tihar Jail under judicial custody.

Kulaste and Bhagora were arrested on September 6 along
with Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh. Sanjeev Saxena and Hindustani
are also in judicial custody for their alleged role in the
offence.

Kulkarni has been charge sheeted under section 120-B
(criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and provision of Prevention
of Corruption Act.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 17:42

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