Cash-for-votes: Sudheendra Kulkarni and four others granted bail

The Delhi High court today granted bail to five accused in the 2002-cash-for-votes scam including Sudheendra Kulkarni

FP Staff November 16, 2011 15:27:03 IST

The Delhi High court today granted bail to five accused in the 2002-cash-for-votes scam. Former BJP MPs Fagan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Singh Bhagora, middleman Suhail Hindustani, former aide of Amar Singh Sanjeev Saxena, and Sudheendra Kulkarni were granted bail. BJP MP Ashok Argal was granted anticipatory bail in the scam. The Delhi police did not oppose the bail pleas.

Following the announcement of bail, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted saying, "I am happy S/shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Bhagora and Sudheendra Kulkarni have been directed to be released on bail."

The BJP has alleged that individuals claiming to be from the Congress party paid BJP MPs crores of rupees to abstain from voting before a trust vote in parliament on 22 July 2008. Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former aide of senior BJP leader LK Advani, is accused of having masterminded the scam. On the day of crucial vote, MPs walked into the parliament with wads of notes. Kulkarni has claimed that this was part of a sting operation to expose the UPA government.

Cashforvotes Sudheendra Kulkarni and four others granted bail

BJP MP Sushma Swaraj tweeted: We will not rest only with this. We will fight till they are honourably exonerated by the Court.

The Delhi Police has claimed that the money was allegedly paid to the BJP MPs by former Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh. Singh was arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy in the case but was granted bail on medical grounds. Singh has denied all charges against him.

The BJP has protested against the arrest of Kulkarni and the BJP MPs, saying whistleblowers were being targeted by the government for exposing the UPA.

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