A Delhi court on Friday extended till August 18 the judicial custody of Suhail Hindustani and Sanjeev Saxena, arrested for their alleged role in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.
Mr. Hindustani and Mr. Saxena were produced before Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal after expiry of their judicial custody.
“Both the accused are remanded to judicial custody till August 18,” the court said after Crime Branch of the Delhi Police sought extension of their judicial remand saying their investigation in the case is yet to be completed.
Advocate Anand, appearing for Mr. Hindustani, submitted that the copy of the FIR of the case has not been provided to the defence counsel.
The Delhi Police, however, provided the FIR copy to the defence counsel after the court’s direction.
Slammed by the Supreme Court for a shoddy probe into the cash-for-vote scam, Delhi Police had first arrested Mr. Saxena on July 17 and he was remanded in police custody for three days.
Mr. Hindustani was arrested on July 20.
The duo have been booked for various offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the police said.
The case was registered in 2009 on recommendation by a Parliamentary panel which had probed the cash-for-vote scam dating back to July 2008.
On July 22, 2008, some BJP MPs had waved wads of currency notes on the floor of Lok Sabha during the trust vote faced by the UPA-I government, claiming they were given the money to vote in favour of the Manmohan Singh government.
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