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Police won’t oppose bail to Kulkarni, 3 others

Last Updated: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 16:00

New Delhi: The city police on Monday did not
oppose the bail petitions of five jailed accused in the 2008
cash-for-vote case, including two former BJP MPs and L K
Advani`s former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, besides the
anticipatory bail plea of a party MP in the Delhi High Court.

Justice M L Mehta reserved the order on the pleas of the
six accused till November 16.

"The honourable court may consider granting bail to all
the six accused who have filed their bail applications in the
court," the Delhi Police counsel, Pawan Sharma, told the High
Court during the hearing of the bail pleas of the five jailed
accused and the anticipatory bail plea of BJP MP Ashok Argal.

The five jailed accused -- former BJP law makers Faggan
Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora, Kulkarni, Rajya Sabha
MP Amar Singh`s former aide Sanjeev Saxena and alleged BJP
activist Suhail Hindustani-- approached the High Court
challenging the trial court`s order denying them bail.

Justice Mehta would tomorrow hear the anticipatory bail
plea of Samajwadi Party leader Rewati Raman Singh, who was
summoned as an accused by the trial court judge recently.

During the hearing, the counsel for Delhi Police said the
probe into the case was over and custodial interrogation of
none of the accused was required.

Ashok Argal, who has moved the high court for anticipatory
bail, was earlier granted exemption by it from appearing
before the trial court, which had summoned him in response to
a Delhi Police charge sheet indicting him for his alleged role
in the case.

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who is also an accused in the
case, has already been granted bail by the high court on
health grounds.

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

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

Kulkarni, in his petition, had claimed that 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.

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

Kulaste, who was arrested on September 6 along with
Bhagora and Amar Singh, in his petition had questioned the
probe and had said that he was entitled to bail as the
investigation in the case was "tainted."

The trial court had also rejected bail to Hindustani on
September 29 and Saxena, who was arrested on July 17.


First Published: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 09:44
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