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Amar Singh should reveal who is behind scam: BJP


New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked Rajya Sabha MP and former Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh, arrested Tuesday in the cash-for-votes scam, to reveal who was behind the scandal.

“Whosoever’s name comes, the beneficiary of cash-for-vote scam was the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government,” BJP leader Rajiv Pratp Rudy told reporters.

“I think this is a very important aspect… how come nothing has been raised against the beneficiaries of the act? The way Amar Singh has been arrested and chargesheet has been filed against him… it is time for Amar Singh to give clarification and say on whose behalf he acted,” Rudy said.

Amar Singh and two former BJP MPs were Tuesday arrested and sent to judicial custody for alleged involvement in the cash-for-votes scandal during the July 2008 trust vote in parliament.

Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal sent Amar Singh as well as Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora to judicial custody till Sep 19.

BJP general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad meanwhile said the source of the money was a major issue.

“The CBI is not investigating where the money came from and who gave the money… these are issues on which CBI should focus,” Prasad said.

On July 22, 2008, three BJP MPs waved wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha ahead of a trust vote by the Manmohan Singh government, alleging they were given the money to vote in favour.

The chargesheet alleged that during investigation “sufficient evidence” came on record that on the morning of July 22, 2008, Amar Singh “hatched a criminal conspiracy with his secretary Sanjeev Saxena to deliver cash of Rs.1 crore as illegal gratification”.