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Cash-for-votes scam: Amar Singh quizzed for four hours

Friday July 22, 2011 04:51:22 PM, IANS

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Amar Singh to be questioned Friday over 2008 'horse trading'

Rajya Sabha MP and former high-profile Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh will be questioned by the Delhi Police Friday for allegedly buying the support of three parliamentarians during the 2008 trust vote necessitated by the Left parties withdrawing  

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP and former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh was Friday questioned for nearly four hours by the Delhi Police in connection with the alleged bribery of three parliamentarians during the 2008 trust vote.

Amar Singh, who was questioned at the office of the inter-state cell of Crime Branch in New Delhi's Chanakyapuri, refused to speak to waiting reporters before and after the questioning.

Sanjeev Saxena, a former private secretary to Amar Singh, and Suhail Hindustani, a former member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha, are already in police custody for their alleged role in what has come to be known as the cash-for-votes scam.

Both Saxena and Hindustani named Amar Singh in the alleged horse trading, officials said.

They were Friday taken to the Tis Hazari court.

Hindustani told reporters: "The government is trying to trap me in this (cash-for-vote-scam) case."

Saxena alleged that Amar Singh, then with the SP, had provided Rs.1 crore for buying the support of three BJP MPs in a trust vote in 2008. Wads of currency notes were shown in the Lok Sabha July 22, 2008, minutes before a trust vote was to take place.

Hindustani, who allegedly played the liaison man between the SP leader and the BJP MPs, also levelled the same allegations against Amar Singh.

The investigation into the case was speeded up after the Supreme Court last week slammed Delhi Police for their callous approach in the case.









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