High-profile politician Amar Singh was on Tuesday arrested and lodged in Tihar Jail in a sensational twist in the cash-for-vote scam that rocked Parliament three years ago when he made a dramatic appearance in a local court shortly after claiming to be ill.
55-year-old Singh was denied bail and arrested after Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days in the case in which he has been chargesheeted by Delhi Police following Supreme Court’s displeasure over the “shoddy” probe.The arrest came when the former Samajwadi Party appeared a couple of hours after pleading for exemption from personal appearance on medical grounds.
The court also rejected bail to former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora, who too appeared before the court responding to its summons for their alleged role in the scam that was seen as an attempt to bribe MPs for their vote in support of the confidence motion after the Left parties withdrew support to the government on the nuclear deal.
BJP leader L K Advani’s former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, who has also been chargesheeted in the case, did not appear in the court today as he is stated to be abroad.
With the arrest of Amar Singh, who has since been expelled from the Samajwadi Party, Opposition parties including BJP, Left and the SP have demanded that the police trace the source of the bribe and the beneficiary of the bribes.