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Cash-for-votes scam: Samajwadi Party MP quizzed


New Delhi : Samajwadi Party MP Reoti Raman Singh Monday was quizzed by the Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in the cash-for-votes scam of 2008. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ashok Argal, among the allegedly bribed parliamentarians, has also been called for questioning, sources said.

“The conspiracy behind cash for vote has to be exposed,” Reoti Singh told reporters after coming out of the Crime Branch office.

“I have told police what I had said before parliamentary committee,” he added.

Reoti Raman Singh, an MP from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, arrived at the inter-state cell of Crime Branch in south Delhi at 11.45 a.m. in his car from his residence in Copernicus Marg in central Delhi. He left the office at 1.30 p.m.

BJP MP Ashok Argal, one of the three party MPs who were allegedly bribed during the trust vote, has been called to the Crime Branch office for questioning in the evening, sources said.

Rajya Sabha MP and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh was grilled for nearly four hours July 22 over the alleged bribery of three BJP lawmakers during the 2008 trust vote.

Sanjeev Saxena, Amar Singh’s former private secretary, and Suhail Hindustani, a former member of the BJP’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the scam.

Saxena alleged that Amar Singh, then with the Samajwadi Party, had provided Rs.1 crore for buying the support of three BJP MPs in the trust vote the Manmohan Singh government sought in 2008. Wads of currency notes were shown in the Lok Sabha July 22, 2008, minutes before the vote was to take place.

Hindustani, who allegedly played the liaison man between the SP leader and the BJP MPs, also levelled the same allegations against Amar Singh.

The investigation into the case was speeded up after the Supreme Court last week slammed Delhi Police for their tardy approach in the case