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BJP seeks justice for its members in cash-for-vote scam case

Bhagalpur , Mon, 24 Oct 2011 ANI

Bhagalpur (Bihar), Oct 24 (ANI): Hours after the Delhi High Court granted bail to Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh in the 2008 cash-for-vote case, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday sought ' justice' for its members and demanded action against those who benefited from such dubious deals.


"Amar Singh has got bail in the cash-for-vote (case) on health grounds. The people, who were whistleblowers and exposed the scandal, are in jail. They too should get justice. Why those people, who were involved and are beneficiaries of the cash-for-vote (scandal), are at large?" BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain told mediapersons here.


Shahnawaz Hussain also demanded that Delhi Police should increase the ambit of the investigation, bringing beneficiaries under the purview of the probe.


"The Delhi Police should enhance the scope of the investigation. The people, who benefited from cash-for-vote (scandal), should be sent behind the bars. Our (party) lawmakers and former (party) lawmakers too, should get justice," he added.


In a temporary relief to Amar Singh, the Delhi High Court earlier in the day granted bail to him in the 2008 cash-for-vote case but restrained him from leaving the country without its permission.


While granting bail to 55-year-old Singh, who was undergoing treatment at AIIMS under judicial custody, the court asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50 lakh and two sureties of like amount.


It may be recalled here that a Delhi Court had last week denied bail to Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide of BJP leader L K Advani, and an accused in the cash-for-vote case.


Besides Kulkarni, the court also dismissed the bail pleas of two former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora, named as accused in the case, for receiving illegal gratification.


The cash-for-votes scam had rocked proceedings in the Lok Sabha in 2008, when the ruling UPA Government, led by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, allegedly bribed lawmakers of other parties to help wining the confidence vote.


Taking a dig at Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, Shahnawaz Hussain said Singh had gained expertise in giving statements in favour of corrupt such as Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam accused Suresh Kalmadi.


"The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will back anybody, who speaks against corruption. The Congress Party protects the corrupt. Everybody knows it in the country. Digvijay Singh has gained expertise in giving statement in the favour of corrupt as when he goes to Pune he says 'we are very worried because our brother Kalmadi (former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organizing Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi) is in jail," he added.


Digvijay Singh had earlier in July this year said Kalmadi is innocent and will come out clean.


Kalmadi was arrested by the CBI on April 25 for fraud and conspiring with other officers of the Organising Committee for overpaying a Swiss firm Rs.95 crores for timing and scorekeeping equipment that was used at different venues during the Commonwealth Games.


Kalmadi, 66, has also been accused of sanctioning payments to AM Films and AM Car at rates that were hugely inflated. (ANI)


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