Cash scam: Police failed in further probe, says Kulkarni



New Delhi: The BJP leaders, charge-sheeted in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam case in which Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh too is an accused, Thursday alleged in a court here that the Delhi police has "miserably failed" in conducting any further probe into the case.

Advocate Mahipal Ahluwalia, appearing for co-accused and L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni before Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said that "instead of filling up the lacunae, they (Delhi Police) are creating lacunae."

He further told the court that the police has "miserably failed to do any further investigation in the case as directed by the court."

Similarly, advocate Anil Soni, who appeared for BJP leader Faggan Singh Kulaste, said the court should see if the charge sheets filed by the Delhi police is proper or not.

During the hearing, the defence counsel told the court that they need transcripts of the CD, which has been provided to the police by a private news channel during the probe into the case.

The police said they are ready to provide it to the defence counsel but they need some time to prepare transcripts after which the court, which was scheduled to hear the arguments on charges in the case, slated the matter for further hearing on January 22.

Meanwhile, the court allowed a plea Amar Singh's plea, filed through his counsel S P M Tripathi, for exemption to him from personal appearance for the day on the ground that he is in Chennai to attend a marriage ceremony.

Earlier, the police had told the court that it did not find any "clue" about the money trail in the case.

In one of the charge sheets filed in the court earlier, the police had given details about its further probe during which Amar Singh was again quizzed and the editor-in-chief and the reporter of a TV news channel, which conducted the sting operation, too joined the investigation.

Police, in its report, had said that it had given advertisements in various newspapers in several cities to get information about an unidentified person, who had allegedly carried the currency notes delivered to politicians.

Amar Singh, Kulkarni and others were charge-sheeted by the police for allegedly "conspiring" and "masterminding" the bribing of MPs ahead of the voting on a confidence motion in Lok Sabha in 2008.

It has also named Kulaste, BJP leaders Mahabir Singh Bhagora and Ashok Argal, along with Sanjeev Saxena, former aide of Amar Singh and Suhail Hindustani, alleged BJP activist, in the case.

The charge sheet was filed against the accused for the offences under the IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

PTI