Ex-BJP MPs' bail in cash-for-vote scam opposed



New Delhi: The Delhi police on Tuesday opposed the interim bail pleas of two former BJP MPs, involved in the cash-for-vote scam, saying that they have committed grave offence by "manipulating" the democratic set-up of the country.

"The way democratic institutions have been manipulated, no offence is more grave than this. Every citizen is affected by it," public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan told Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.

The prosecutor said the "enormity and gravity" of the offence, committed by Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora is a ground good enough to deny bail to them.

To buttress his argument, he cited a high court judgment which denied bail to DMK MP Kanimozhi in the 2G scam case observing that enormity and gravity of the offence do not call for grant of bail.

He said Kulaste and Bhagora have appeared before the court in response to the summons issued by it and the situation in this case is similar to that of Kanimozhi.

He added that the charges against the accused in both the cases are also similar.

The prosecutor said once a accused surrenders before a court, he is deemed to be in custody and the situation is similar in both the cases.

PTI