Cash-for-votes: Order reserved on Rewati Raman’s bail

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 23:03

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the anticipatory bail plea of Samajwadi Party MP Rewati Raman Singh who has been summoned as an accused in 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

"The order is reserved. Both parties are directed to file their written synopsis within a week", Justice Suresh Kait said after hearing arguments for over an hour on behalf of the SP leader and Delhi police in the case.

Initiating arguments on behalf of Singh, advocate Mukul Rohatgi said he has wrongly been summoned by the trial court, as neither the parliamentary committee nor any of the three charge sheets filed by Delhi police portrayed him as an accused.

"Moreover, the summoning of the accused without taking prior sanction from the Lok Sabha Speaker was illegal and cannot be done," Rohatgi said.

"Neither any FIR was filed against my client nor his name appeared in any of the three charge sheets in the case and even the parliamentary inquiry committee, which had probed the alleged bribery scandal to win MPs` vote, did not name him," he said.

"The court has summoned me without any basis, which is not permissible in law. There was no additional evidence found against Singh. The CD, in which he was seen talking to the
accused person, is the only evidence against him, he argued.

Meanwhile, another bench of the High Court today granted bail to six accused including Sudheendra Kulkarni and questioned the foundation of the case.

The counsel for Singh also pointed out to the court that police had obtained sanction from the Lok Sabha Speaker against Ashok Argal, a sitting MP, but without any sanction from the Speaker, his client, also a sitting MP, has been summoned in contrary to the law.

Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran, appearing for Delhi police, submitted a copy of the forensic report of the CD, pertaining to the sting operation, and said the tapes
were not tampered with.

Earlier, the lower court had brushed aside the clean chit given by police to Singh in the scam and issued summons to him saying "there was sufficient material to show that he was a part of an alleged criminal conspiracy."


First Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 23:03
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