The Delhi Police told a city court on Monday that it was former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh who introduced Sanjeev Saxena as his secretary to allegedly bribe three BJP members of Parliament a day before the July 22, 2008 trust vote.
The development, which has already created a flutter in political circles, came a day after the Delhi Police crime branch arrested Saxena for his role in the cash-for-vote scam.The allegation also brings Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP, at the centre of the scam that rocked Parliament during the confidence motion moved by the Manmohan Singh government of UPA 1 after the Left parties withdrew support in the wake of the Indo-US nuclear deal.
While the BJP and CPI demanded that the probe must go beyond Saxena and reach its logical conclusion, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said, “Let the law take its own course.”
BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, in fact, said, “Who authorised him (Saxena) to manipulate these MPs? Under whose instructions was he working?” All dimensions of this scam should be unearthed.”
Singh, however, responded neither to HT’s e-mails, containing a questionnaire on the subject nor to repeated phone calls made to ascertain his stand on the allegation.
The police told the court that Singh had introduced Saxena as his secretary and a confidant to BJP MP Ashok Argal in the morning and later Saxena delivered R1 crore to Argal.
A senior police officer said Argal, while being questioned as a witness in the case, had identified Saxena. He said, "Similarly, BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora also identified Saxena." They, too, allegedly received
Rs 1 crore each before the voting on the trust motion.
Special Judge Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal on Monday remanded Saxena to three days' police custody as the investigators wanted to interrogate him further to track down Sanjay, said to be Singh's driver, who had accompanied Saxena when the cash was delivered to Argal.
The investigators are also trying to locate the mobile phone used by Saxena allegedly used at the time of the scam. Surprisingly, Saxena was not represented by any lawyer. "I did not get time to call any lawyer after my arrest. I am not sure if I need one," he told the court.
In their remand application, the police said the DVD recordings by a television news channel to expose the scam was absolutely genuine, and had no alterations.
"The DVD shows Saxena handing over the cash in the presence of the driver," said the police.