Cash For Vote: HC Seeks Police Response on Bail Pleas

Monday, 31 October 2011, 10:06 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court today sought response from police on the bail pleas of four accused, including Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former aide of BJP leader LK Advani, and two ex-BJP MPs in the cash-for-vote scam. Issuing notice to Delhi Police, Mr Justice ML Mehta sought its response by 14 November on the bail pleas of Mr Kulkarni, former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahabir Singh Bhagora and alleged BJP activist Mr Suhail Hindustani. Mr Justice Mehta also sought a status report from police by the next date of hearing. The four accused persons approached the High Court challenging the order of the trial court dismissing their bail pleas.

Kulkarni, who is in jail since 27 September, has challenged the trial court's order which had rejected his bail plea saying that he was the "guiding star" and "facilitator" of the conspiracy aimed at mocking the Republic of India.

In a petition filed through advocate Mahipal Ahluwalia, Kulkarni claimed that he, along with the BJP MPs, got involved in the sting operation, conducted by a private news channel only to expose the "horse trading" that was going on to save the then UPA-I government in the vote of trust in the Lok Sabha on July 22, 2008.

Claiming themselves to be "whistle blowers" who helped in exposing corruption, the accused pleaded that the trial court had wrongly dismissed their bail pleas and that order should be set aside. Meanwhile, BJP MP Mr Ashok Argal, an accused in the case, has also moved Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case and his plea is likely to be heard tomorrow.
Source: PTI
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