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Cash-for-votes scam: Amar Singh summoned

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2011 16:45 IST

A court in New Delhi on Thursday summoned four people, including Rajya Sabha member and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, to appear Sep 6 in the cash-for-votes scandal that rocked parliament during a trust vote in 2008.

Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal issued the summons against Amar singh, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Fagan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora and Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former associate of BJP leader LK Advani.

"All the four accused are summoned to face trial on Sep 6 at 10 a.m.," the judge said, accepting a Delhi Police plea.

Amar Singh's former aide Sanjeev Saxena and middleman Suhail Hindustani are already in judicial custody. Warrants were issued to ensure they also attend the proceedings Sep 6.

"Suhail and Saxena are already in judicial custody. They will face trial as per the charges levelled against them in the charge sheet," the judge said.

The court would hear Saxena's bail plea Sep 6. His defence counsel Santosh Pandey sought time to go through the charge sheet.

"Delhi police are about to file a status report before the Supreme Court by Sep 2. I request the court to fix a date after that," Pandey said.

Hindustani's lawyer would argue on his bail application Friday.

When the court asked police why the other four accused were not arrested, Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said: "We do not have direct evidence against the four accused. Therefore, they have not been arrested."

"We have arrested Saxena and Hindustani, as we had direct evidence of their involvement in the case," he said.

"We want the court to issue summons against the four accused whose names have figured in the charge sheet," he said.

On July 22, 2008, three BJP MPs waved wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha ahead of a trust vote, alleging they were given the money to vote in favour of the Manmohan Singh government.

Police secured permission from Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid Ansari before chargesheeting Amar Singh, while a letter has been sent to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar seeking permission to charge BJP MP Ashok Argal.

The case was registered in 2009 on the recommendation of a parliamentary panel which probed the scandal.

The trust vote was necessitated after the Left parties withdrew support to the government over the India-US civilian nuclear agreement.