The chances of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, arrested in the cash-for-vote scam, securing bail brightened on Wednesday with the Delhi Police not opposing his plea in high court for release on health grounds.
It is a surprising softening of stand on part of the Delhi Police as in an affidavit filed earlier in the court it had sternly opposed the grant of bail saying there was "strong circumstantial evidence" that Amar Singh only had sent the money to three BJP MPs to influence the 2008 trust vote.
"We have seen the medical reports given by AIIMS. As they have come from a reputed institute, we cannot dispute them and the parameters show that all is not well," Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran, who appeared for the police, told Justice Suresh Kait during the hearing.
Singh's lawyer DC Mathur told the court that "the provisions for bail provides that a sick and infirm person can be granted bail on this ground alone and if his (Singh's) case is not covered under it, then what will be termed as sickness."
A medical board, consisting of doctors of LNJP and G B Pant hospitals, had on September 12 referred Singh to AIIMS when he was in judicial custody and till date he has been hospitalised for treatment of multiple ailments.
"It is an admitted case that Singh is living on a donated kidney, transplanted in Singapore, and the surgeon, who performed the surgery, is supposed to take care of the patient after the transplant. Unfortunately, the lower court did not consider it and termed his condition as stable," said Mathur.
The police affidavit had said: "Though there is no evidence to link the money shown by BJP MPs in Lok Sabha on July 22, 2008 with Amar Singh, MP, circumstantial evidence leads to the conclusion that the said money was sent by Amar Singh". During the probe, sufficient evidence has come on record that on July 22, 2008, Singh hatched a plot to deliver R1crore as illegal gratification.