Cash-for-votes scam: Kulkarni fails to appear in court once more
Senior BJP leader LK Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, summoned by a Delhi court for his alleged role in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, today failed to appear before it and pleaded that he be exempted from personal appearance for the day.
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, summoned by a Delhi court for his alleged role in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, today failed to appear before it and pleaded that he be exempted from personal appearance for the day.
Submitting an application for exemption from personal appearance to the court of Special Judge Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal, Kulkarni's counsel told her that his client was yet to return from the US.
On the counsel's submission, the judge pointed out to him that earlier on 6 September, while making the plea for exemption from personal appearance, he had given an undertaking that he would appear before the court on the next date (today).
"He (Kulkarni) was supposed to come (to the court) today. You (Kulkarni's lawyer) had given an undertaking on the last date," the judge said.
The defence counsel responded to the court's observation saying Kulkarni had not appeared today due to "some problem".
Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan contended that the application for personal exemption on behalf of Kulkarni was without any supporting documents. He said the court could issue warrant against him for his failure to appear before it despite summons.
At this stage, Kulkarni's lawyer submitted that his client would appear before the judge after 2 October.
The court is expected to decide on the application for personal exemption during the course of the proceedings.
Meanwhile, during the arguments, co-accused Suhail Hindustani collapsed in the courtroom. He was moved out of the courtroom by security personnel and was attended to by doctors.
The probe into the money trail in the cash-for-vote scam has led the Delhi police to tell a court here that there was no "abnormal withdrawal" from the bank accounts of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh ahead of the July 2008 trust motion faced by the Congress led UPA-I government.
The police made the submission in its status report to the court of metropolitan magistrate.
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