Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged role in the cash-for-votes scandal, always stays in the news-through his statements and theatrics. Here are Top 10 random moments when Singh created controversy and stayed in the news.
September 2008, Delhi's Batla House Encounter: Singh asked for a judicial enquiry into the Batla House encounter, suggesting that the police shoot-out with "terrorists" may have been fake. He gave a Rs 10-lakh cheque to the family of Mohan Chand Sharma, a Delhi Police officer who died in the encounter. The cheque bounced.
July 2008, cash-for-votes scam: Singh was charge-sheeted after allegations that he conspired and set up the cash-for-votes scandal when the UPA government was facing a floor test in Parliament. Three Lok Sabha MP of the BJP were charged too under the Prevention of Corruption of Act.
2011, phone tapping controversy: Singh was allegedly heard fixing deals with politicians, business men, bureaucrats and Bollywood celebrities on phone. Taped phone conversations were made public by magazines and newspapers in 2011. Singh says the voice in the tapes is not his.
2011, 'fix-a-judge' CD controversy: A CD which purported to have a conversation between Singh, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, and former law minister Shanti Bhushan. On the CD, Bhushan is allegedly heard suggesting that a judge could be bribed for Rs 4 crore for a desired court verdict.
Amar Singh and the Bachchans: The politician and Amitabh Bachchan were more than friends--Singh said the actor was like his elder brother. Singh helped Bachchan when his film career was going through a bad phase. He played political advisor to Jaya Bachchan, the actor's wife, during her term as a Samajwadi Party MP. The 2009 Lok Sabha elections marked the beginning of the end of their friendship. Singh wanted Jaya to leave SP when the party expelled him. Jaya was reluctant and Singh was left fuming.
May 2009 Lok Sabha polls: Singh, who was then Samajwadi Party general secretary, made an outrageous statement that party candidate Jaya Prada might commit suicide if the people of Rampur didn't elect her. "If you people do not vote for the bicycle (symbol of Samajwadi Party) and her bicycle does not go to Delhi, then Jaya Prada might commit suicide," Singh said at a rally.
July 2008, attack on Mayawati: Amar Singh accused UP chief minister Mayawati of abducting six Samajwadi Party's MPs ahead of the crucial trust vote. Later, the six MPs were expelled from Samajwadi Party.
Jan 2010, 'sympathy' for Mayawati: UP chief minister Mayawati has been a bitter rival of Singh. They have never lost an opportunity to attack and abuse each other. But in January 2010, Singh said he admired Mayawati and understood her pain. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati are "political personalities in their own right", he said. "One lady has proved herself in the state of UP against all odds and the other has proved herself in the country against all odds," Singh said.
Singh and Anil Ambani: The politician and Anil Ambani, chairperson of Reliance ADAG, are friends but critics allege their relationship goes deeper. In a tape leaked by newspapers and magazines, the businessman is allegedly hear offering "Rs 20-25 crore" to fix a deal. Singh claims the tape is bogus.
2007, Singh versus Shah Rukh Khan: The actor joked at an awards function that he could see 'darindagi' (evil intent) in Singh's eye. A few days later a crowd gathered outside Khan's house in Mumbai and demanded that he apologise to Singh. Khan accused Singh of trying to scare his children.