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Prepared to be quizzed in cash-for-vote sting: Kulkarni

PTI  New Delhi, July 20, 2011
First Published: 21:04 IST(20/7/2011) | Last Updated: 21:06 IST(20/7/2011)

After the arrest of two persons named by the parliamentary probe into the cash-for vote allegations, LK Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, whose role had also come under the scanner, on Wednesday said he was ready for questioning by Delhi Police in the case.

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"I have already been interrogated twice by the Delhi Police on the sting operation. The last one was ten days ago when I was called to Chanakyapuri police station by the Delhi crime branch. This was a day before the Supreme Court made the remarks about the investigations," Kulkarni said.

The Supreme Court had pulled up the Delhi police on July 15 for the slow pace of investigations into the cash-for-vote scam.

A sting operation carried out by Kulkarni and Suhail Hindustani, a former BJP youth wing activist, with the help of a news channel purportedly showed a bribe of Rs. one crore each being offered to three BJP MPs to seek their support in the trust vote in Parliament in July 2008.

A seven-member parliamentary panel had probed the allegations and asked the Delhi Police to investigate the role of Sanjeev Saxena, once considered close to former SP leader Amar Singh, Hindustani and Kulkarni.

While Saxena was arrested on July 17, Suhail was taken into custody today after seven hours of questioning.

"If I am called again I will certainly go. If they feel I should be interrogated again I am prepared for it," Kulkarni said.

Asked if the police have contacted him after the Supreme Court criticised the Delhi Police for making no progress in the case, he replied in the negative.

Kulkarni said he was first interrogated when the Kishore Chandra Deo committee on the cash-for-vote scam submitted its report.

Saxena had allegedly delivered the cash to the three BJP MPs -- Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagore.

The incident came to light on July 22, 2008 when the BJP MPs displayed wads of notes in Lok Sabha alleging that the money had been offered as bribe to them.


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