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Updated: August 30, 2011 15:24 IST

Amar Singh chargesheeted in cash-for-vote scam

Devesh K. Pandey
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Rajya Sabha MP Amar Sign at the Parliament House during the ongoing monsoon session on Wednesday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
Shanker Chakravarty
Rajya Sabha MP Amar Sign at the Parliament House during the ongoing monsoon session on Wednesday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

The former Samajwadi Party general secretary, Amar Singh, was on Wednesday chargesheeted along with BJP leader L.K. Advani's former aide, Sudheendra Kulkarni, two former BJP MPs and two others for allegedly entering into a conspiracy to bribe MPs for their votes during the confidence motion in the Lok Sabha over the India-U.S. nuclear deal in 2008.

The charge sheet, submitted by the Delhi Police Crime Branch along with other documents, alleges that Mr. Kulkarni was the brain behind the conspiracy to conduct the sting operation showing that the MPs had been approached and bribed to vote in favour of the trust motion. He allegedly remained in touch with the other conspirators when bribes were paid to the former BJP MPs, Phagan Singh Kuleste and Mahaveer Singh Bhagoda, and the incumbent MP Ashok Argal. The police sought sanction for prosecution from the Lok Sabha Speaker to initiate proceedings against Mr. Argal for having received bribe.

According to the charge sheet filed in the court of Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, accused Sanjeev Saxena, former secretary to Mr. Amar Singh, and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activist Suhail Hindustani were also part of the conspiracy. Both are presently in judicial custody.

Suhail, a facilitator

The police report alleges that at Mr. Amar Singh's behest, Mr. Saxena bribed three BJP MPs. Mr. Suhail acted as a facilitator during the entire exercise that was videographed clandestinely by a television news channel as part of a “sting operation” allegedly masterminded by Mr. Kulkarni.

The police have submitted 1,600 pages of judicial papers and a 400-page file comprising details of the evidence that includes untampered “sting operation” tapes showing money exchanging hands. They have also come across a letter written by Mr. Amar Singh in 2008, mentioning Mr. Saxena as his secretary. For his part, Mr. Kulkarni himself has admitted to have masterminded the sting operation, the police said.

The mediapersons who carried out the operation have been made witnesses in the case. In all, the police have relied on 54 witnesses.

Shortly after the sting operation was carried out, the BJP MPs had waved wads of currency notes and placed them on the table of the House leading to much furore. The “bribe money” and recordings were then submitted to the Speaker and a Parliamentary committee that enquired into the scam had recommended a probe.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court slammed the police for “half-hearted, meaningless and hopeless” investigation in the scam.

i think the most important thing that India should do is to toughen the laws against corruption--- to the extent of capital punishment. Its got to be the extreme because stealing national wealth cannot be forgiven at any circumstances! But i am very happy with what Hazare's hunger strike and Indian govt's pressure to imply the "lokpal bill". And now you see the after effects of it starting with the arrest of Amar Singh for his 'Cash for Vote case'. You see, these are all modern times revolutions done in a peaceful manner (unlike French revolution etc.) and all the acts that the govt. does has direct effect to the stock market too. With more support from the middle class India and more transparency with in the government, Indian will see further developments in all sectors including infrastructure, and law. The real problem though is that the Politicians themselves MUST think that they are working for the peoples' good instead of their own! Many developed countries (Norway, Sweden etc.)

from:  manu
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 23:06 IST

While Mr.Singh has made a fervent plea citing infection to his urinary track (sic!!!!), we are pretty sure there are good number of doctors who can attend to his health concerns even when he is under judicial custody.More number of people in this country go through worse treatment and stress after renal transplantation. So Mr.Singh need not fear that he has been singled out.One only needs to remember the travails of lok Nayak Jayaprakash narayan who also suffered from similar ailments.However, his kidney problem need not be an excuse to prevent his trial for the alleged episodes of corruption.He need not be shown any compassion on health grounds, for that would set a bad precedent.If there is any need for treatment let the government appoint doctors to monitor his health.Lest all the accused would get some from of medical certificates.

from:  krishnan
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 08:37 IST

Naive comments. I have a couple of question for you guys. 1. Who actually are catching these guys? Lokpal or government? 2. If after 60+ years after wise men of India created a structure where people have there say in who should work for them, we are still struggling to find honest set of people. Will giving power on hands of 10 men, we have no say in the selection would do better? Every system looks good on paper, unless its actually implemented. How can people trust something which is not there?

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 06:53 IST

If Amar Singh is all that concerned about his health and life,he should retire from politics and public life.What I can't understand is his and his counsel's statement that his kidney transplant is prone to infection.Firstly,if his body had not accepted the alien kidney,it would have rejected it long ago.Any infection now is of his own making by not following his physician's orders and directives.The judge should have an independent highly qualified and experienced and expert surgeon attest to Amar's disability and then decide on the bail application.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 04:49 IST

So the voting result should be reversed. Voting result could not be accepted .So UPA I should be made failed in voting tand the parliament should be brought back

from:  vasudevan
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 00:51 IST

The Prime Minister is the individual who would have gained the most from getting the votes of the members of the opposition in the trust vote. Why didn't the Delhi police interrogate him on the scam? This question is not to implicate the PM in the scam, but to know why there was such a procedural lapse on thee part of the police. Another intriguing point is what Amar Singh would have gained for himself through the alleged bribing of MPs. Has anyone answers to these questions?

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 18:40 IST

This is the biggest single reason that we should have Jan Lokpal Bill on Team Anna's terms, what is happening inside the Parliament should be investigated as it reflects the dignity of our nation, MP's should not be given any kind of immunity as they should set an example for the rest of the country men. Thanks to the Supreme Court if not for its efforts our so called democrats would have covered this case also.

from:  xavier surender
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 11:53 IST

So,what ? now wait for 10-20yrs for judgement and at last,if conviction appeal in high court,then in Supreme court. Still review petition and at last we will see an 'OLD MAN' that would be Amar Singh.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 11:27 IST

Mr. Amar Singh is working as broker (DALAL)of politicians and ministers. He acted against the Constitution and Parliamentary system so where was the Government who talks about the Constitution and Parliamentary system. Is it not a violation of Constitution? If any Ministers, Politicians take bribe from the Corporate lobies that not violation of Constitution according to this Government because they have license. But if a common man comes and fight against corruption in peaceful manner, Government says this is against the Constitution.

from:  anand kumar jha
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 11:20 IST

Last but not the least the govt has awaken from the insane phase.Grabbing Raja,Kanimozhi,Kalmadi and now the turn is of this egoistic person.The people like Amar singh has made the situation worst in the country that now people are lacking the faith in politicians.

from:  Gautam Sachdev
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 10:01 IST

The present corruption of UPA #2 starts from this episode - cash for vote. In fact, a new jail be built to accommodate many more powerful politicians, mafias, power-brokers, government officers etc. Days are not away when many are sent to their destination - Tihar Jail. These all are the tightly knit group of associates.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 09:27 IST

1)All stop work and get together at MP residences(of all political parties) and chowks. 2)All govt,private,schools,colleges,banks,and all other institutes etc.(other than hospitals) should come to an halt only voluntarily(satyagrah), not by force. 3)This will be indefinite voluntary Bandh till lokpal is passed. 4)Provisions for food for Day labourers(majdoor) should be made by those volunteers who can afford. 5)The agitation should continue irrespective of Anna's fast. Anna should be able to break his fast. 6)We cannot let this opportunity go.

from:  viren
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 05:55 IST

Am I missing something? While all the intermediaries are being booked (who should be booked and it is laudable),it is surprising to see that there is no booking of anyone from the camp of the ultimate beneficiaries?

from:  Dev Ramachandran
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 02:38 IST

With so much of graft going around, what would an aam-aadmi do other than support movements like Anna Hazare-fast which has shown them a glimpse of hope.

from:  ajay
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 01:57 IST

A new Dawn will break over India when Amar Singh is jailed through a judicial process.

from:  Rajan Subramaniam
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 00:36 IST
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