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Cong dismisses Jethmalani`s allegation against Pat

Last Updated: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 20:32

New Delhi: Congress on Monday dismissed the allegation by Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh`s counsel Ram Jethmalani that senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel was the
source of the money in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

"We have nothing to do with it. We were secure. We had
no such insecurity. It will have to be looked into as to who
had the insecurity. We decided to take the challenge of vote
of confidence. We were not going to start cash for vote in the
midst of the process after all," party spokesperson Renuka
Chaudhary told reporters at the AICC briefing.

She was replying to questions on Amar Singh`s counsel
Jethmalani today making a U-turn before a Delhi Court and
claiming that Congress leader Ahmed Patel was the source of
the money allegedly given to three BJP MPs as bribe ahead of
the trust vote by UPA government in 2008.

Asked whether she feels that Amar Singh was responsible
for the scam, Chaudhary snapped, "I am not the judge."

Asked who, if not the UPA government, benefited from the
cash for vote episode, Chaudhary quipped, "I do not know
who benefited. The country hopefully benefited."

She also ridiculed Jethmalani`s submission in the court,
recalling that he had put the blame for the scam on BJP a few
days back.

"Wait for three more days. Something else will come out,"
Chaudhary said.


First Published: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 20:32

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