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Cash-for-votes: Virtual clean-chit to Amar Singh

In what could be a virtual clean-chit to Amar Singh in the cash-for-votes scam, Delhi Police said it has not found sufficient evidence against the former Samajwadi party leader or any other politician to arrest them in the case.



New Delhi: In what could be a virtual clean-chit to Amar Singh in the cash-for-votes scam, Delhi Police has
said it has not found sufficient evidence against the former
Samajwadi party leader or any other politician to arrest them
in the case.

The city police submitted its status report in Supreme
Court this afternoon, over a fortnight after the apex court
rapped the force for its "callous" probe into the 2008
cash-for-votes scam.

Sources said the investigators have found no sufficient
evidence against Amar Singh or any other politician though two
persons have named him as the one who send the money for three
BJP MPs sought to be bribed for voting in favour of UPA
government during the trust vote.

Following a fortnight of intensive interrogation of
various persons, investigators believe that it was Suhail
Hindustani, only who tried to approach SP leader Rewati Raman
Singh for striking a deal for MPs to vote in favour of UPA
government.

As of now, they said, there is no evidence to link any
Congress or Samajwadi Party leader with the scam. There is no
evidence to suggest that any political leader got in touch
with alleged middleman Suhail Hindustani.

Hindustani, an alleged middleman between BJP MPs sought
to be bribed and Amar Singh, had alleged that it was Singh who
had sent the money for three opposition MPs to vote in favour
of UPA government during the trust vote.

Sanjeev Saxena, once considered close to Amar Singh, also
alleged that Singh was behind the episode. BJP MP Argal
reiterated the claim. Both Saxena and Hindustani were
arrested.

Sources said though they had found evidence to link
Saxena and Amar Singh, there have not found anything to prove
that the Rajya Sabha MP had sent the money.

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.

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 have also identified some bank accounts
from which money, displayed in Lok Sabha by three BJP MPs
during the trust vote, was withdrawn. However, police is yet
to identify who withdrew the money and its trail.

They said they need more time for further
investigations and is seeking at least two months time for
completion of the probe.

PTI

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