On a day the Delhi Police made its second arrest in the cash-for-vote scandal, the home ministry cleared the decks for questioning former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and some others within the next week.
The police arrested Suhail Hindustani, a former BJP worker, alleged to have liaisoned in the scandal, after questioning him for eight hours on Tuesday.
This is the second arrest since the Supreme Court last week rapped the Delhi Police for moving slowly on the case. A former Singh aide, Sanjeev Saxena, was arrested on July 16.
Saxena and Hindustani have accused Singh of playing a key role in attempting to bribe three BJP MPs to secure their support for the UPA-1 government in the trust vote on July 22, 2008.
The Delhi Police had sought home ministry's nod to question the MPs.
On Tuesday, the ministry told the police they didn't need clearance to question the politicians, except BJP MP Ashok Argal, who is covered under parliamentary privileges.
Argal is one of three MPs who had displayed wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha, alleging that they had been bribed Rs 1 crore each to support the government.
Hindustani told mediapersons, "I received calls from Amar Singh and Ahmed Patel (political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi). Those close to the Prime Minister called me and I got calls even from 10 Janpath (Gandhi's residence)."
He, however, did not identify those who allegedly called him.
The Congress was quick to dismiss the charge.
"Which Suhail Hindustani? The one that belongs to the BJP?" Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed retorted to presspersons' queries.