New Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Sunday arrested Sanjeev Saxena, believed to be a close aide of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, in connection with cash-for-vote scam.
The police action has come close on the heels of the Supreme Court coming down heavily on Delhi Police for its “shoddy” probe into cash-for-vote scam.
This is the first arrest made so far in this scam.
Saxena was placed under arrest this afternoon following his questioning in connection with the probe into the scam. Saxena has been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the police said.
Earlier, the Home Ministry had given the go-ahead for the arrest after Crime Branch of Delhi police questioned two former BJP MPs Fagan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora in connection with the case.
"There are clinching evidence against him in this case. He will be produced before court tomorrow," a top police official said.
Three BJP MPs, Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora, were allegedly bribed by floor managers of the UPA government to secure their support during the no-confidence motion over the Indo-US nuclear deal on July 22, 2008. The exchange of cash was caught by a sting operation done by a private news channel.
The MPs alleged that it was Saxena who had delivered Rs one crore in cash to them at 4 Ferozshah Road residence of Ashok Argal on July 22, 2008, hours before the vote of confidence in Lok Sabha.
According to BJP, SP leader Reoti Raman Singh allegedly met BJP MPs Argal, Kulaste and Bhagora at Argal`s residence where the transaction was discussed.
This was purportedly recorded through hidden cameras by a television channel which did not telecast the tape on the ground that its investigations were not complete.
These MPs travelled to 27 Lodi Estate on July 22, the day of the voting. The car which took the MPs to the residence of Singh was followed by the channel and its movements allegedly recorded.
The MPs alleged that the tape had Saxena repeatedly calling a number.
In a sting operation CD, Saxena was seen handing over bundles of notes to the three MPs.
BJP alleged that it was Saxena who had called Amar Singh from his mobile phone and got the three MPs to talk to him in order to fix a deal. Amar Singh has denied any role in the scam and has distanced himself from Saxena.
A seven-member parliamentary panel had probed the allegations and asked the Delhi Police to investigate the role of Saxena, besides that of Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former aide of BJP leader LK Advani and Suhail Hindustani in the case.
With PTI inputs