September 6th, 2011
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Cash -for-vote scam: Amar Singh skips court hearing

amar-singhNew Delhi: Former Samajwadi Party Secretary Amar Singh who has been charge sheeted by Delhi police for his  involvement in 2008 cash-for-vote scam will not appear before court today citing health reasons. Amar Singh’s lawyer moved application against personal appearance in a New Delhi court citing health reasons.

“Amar Singh is not avoiding to appear in the court, he will appear on the next date,” said Asgar Khan, Amar Singh’s lawyer.”Amar Singh is not feeling well. He will not be able to go today. Everyone knows he had a kidney transplant,” he said. MR Khan said that Amar Singh had high blood pressure and faces the risk of infection after the kidney transplant he underwent last year.The court  seemed skeptical and has asked Amar Singh’s counsel to submit all his medical reports today itself.

The Delhi Police had recently charge sheeted Amar Singh and five others in the cash-for-votes scam. Amar Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha MP, has been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act by the Delhi Police. In 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh faced a no-confidence vote after the Left withdrew from the UPA government.  Hours before the vote on July 22, three BJP MPs appeared in the Lok Sabha waving bundles of cash amounting to one crore. The MPs- Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahaveer Bhagora – said the money had been offered to them by Amar Singh’s associates if they promised to abstain during the vote.

Delhi Police, in its 80-page charge sheet filed The Delhi Police has brought out hard evidence to prove that former General Secretary Amar Singh is the brain behind the cash for vote scam and the court took cognizance of the charge sheet and issued summons to the accused to stand trial for their alleged role in the scam.

 



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