A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved for December 12 its order on a plea for lodging a case against Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh for his alleged role in kidnapping of a witness in 2008 cash-for-vote case hours before his deposition on the issue before a Parliamentary panel.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar reserved his order on the plea made by the alleged victim Hashmat Ali, accusing Mr. Singh of getting him kidnapped through his secretary Tarun Goel and aide Ramesh from Khan Market in south Delhi.

Mr. Ali in his complaint to the court had contended that Mr. Singh got him kidnapped on September 25, 2008, the day he was to appear before a Parliamentary panel inquiring into the scam involving alleged payment of bribes to some MPs for their vote during a trust motion in Lok Sabha on July 22, 2008.

Mr. Ali’s counsel L.K. Verma told the court that the Crime Branch of Delhi Police, in its status report to the court on the complaint for lodging the kidnapping case against Mr. Singh, has refused to believe his client, despite “solely relying” on his testimony in the cash-for-vote case.

“On the one hand, they (police) are solely relying on Hasmat Ali’s testimony in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam case, but here they are disbelieving him and his complaint,” Mr. Verma said.

The counsel submitted Mr. Ali was kidnapped from Khan Market and was taken to Mr. Singh’s residence, where former Samajwadi Party leader slapped him and snatched his mobile phone. He was handed over to the police in presence of media at his residence on the same day, he said.

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