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BJP submits 'facts' of sting to probe panel

delhi Updated: Aug 03, 2008 19:33 IST
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The BJP, which is alleging Samajwadi Party's hand in the 'cash-for-vote' scandal, on Sunday presented some "facts" to the parliamentary inquiry committee, claiming that it will "conclusively establish the veracity of their complaints".

"These facts will conclusively establish beyond reasonable doubt the veracity of what we had complained," the two 'whistle-blower' MPs, Ashok Argal and Faggan Singh Kulaste said in a 17-page letter, along with annexures of conversation transcripts and phone details.

"In the absence of the channel having performed its public duty, we along with our colleagues, have continued to pursue this matter and have several facts to place before you and the inquiry committee," the letter added.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leaders Amar Singh and Reoti Raman Singh have denied the allegations and said they were ready to face any inquiry.

Releasing the letter to the media on Sunday, party general secretary Arun Jaitley claimed, "These are direct evidences which can be corroborated by the statements of the MPs and members of the CNN-IBN team (the independent channel which conducted the cash-for-vote sting operation)."

"The transcript of the video where Sanjeev Saxena (an alleged aide of Amar Singh) and another person reach the Ferozshah Road residence of one of the MPs and gives the money has been given to the head of the parliamentary committee," Jaitley said.

The BJP leader also gave details of the phone conversation from Saxena's mobile between the three MPs and Amar Singh. Giving a virtual blow-by-blow account of the "events" of the scam, Jaitley said, "On the night of July 21, Reoti Raman Singh visits the MPs and repeatedly pleads with them that they should meet the man (allegedly Amar Singh) for just 10 minutes to finalise a deal."

He claimed that a CNN-IBN team had also followed Argal and Kulaste going in a car to Amar Singh's house, entering the house and making an exit.

The most important aspect is the third phase when Sanjeev Saxena and another person reach the Ferozshah Road residence (of Argal), Jaitley alleged. "After delivering the cash, Saxena repeatedly calls Amar Singh from his mobile to facilitate a conversation of the MPs with him. When the phone gets disconnected several times (reportedly six times), Saxena dials on the landline of Amar Singh," Jaitley said.

The conversation has been recorded and details of calls made by Saxena can be traced to show his movement from Amar Singh's residence to Ferozshah road residence of Argal, claimed Jaitley.

He also gave details of the vehicle in which the cash was allegedly delivered by Saxena to the MPs and claimed the vehicle was registered in the name of a company owned by kin of Amar Singh. The address mentioned in the registration of the vehicle is of Amar Singh's private residence in Greater Kailash, he added.

Jaitley also countered the claim made by Amar Singh that Saxena did not work for him by reading out an SMS sent from Saxena's "mobile" to the national media inviting them for a press conference on the evening of July 20.