Cash-for-vote: 'Hindustani main conspirator'



New Delhi: Alleged BJP activist Suhail Hindustani is the "main conspirator" in the cash-for-vote scam in which attempts were made to bribe MPs ahead of the trust vote in 2008, Delhi Police today told a court here.

"From investigation conducted till date, it has come on record that he (Hindustani) is the main conspirator of this cash-for-vote episode," the charge sheet said.

"It is clear from the evidence on record that he was the first person who, on July 20, 2008, was found naming the so called list of BJP MPs whose votes on motion of confidence could be influenced for monetary consideration," the crime branch said in the charge sheet filed before special judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.

"On July 21, 2008, Hindustani himself contacted Kulkarni around 11.30 am and thereafter Kulkarni joined him and masterminded and planned further strategy and Kulkarni contacted the said BJP MPs," it said.

According to the charge sheet, "in the evening of July 21, 2008, a meeting was held between Kulkarni and Hindustani and the three BJP MPs -- Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora-- in which a criminal conspiracy was hatched to contact the leaders of Congress and Samajwadi Party.... As part of their strategy, a private news channel was roped in."

Hindustani, in his bail application, had claimed that it was top Congress and Samajwadi Party leaders who were involved in the alleged offence.

"The material available with the investigating agency clearly suggest and disclose the fact that persons who are members and associated with Samajwadi Party and ruling Congress party, namely, Amar Singh, Revati Raman Singh and Ahmad Patel were behind the institution of alleged offence/crime," he had said in his application.

Hindustani was arrested on July 20 and is presently in judicial custody.

PTI