Hindustani, Saxena remanded to police custody

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New Delhi: Sanjeev Saxena and Sohail Hindustani, arrested for their alleged role in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, were on Thursday remanded to police custody till tomorrow even as Delhi Police said no Congress or Samajwadi Party leader had contacted the accused to strike a deal for MPs.

The crime branch of Delhi police sought two days’ police custody but Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal allowed only a day to question them.

“Both the accused are remanded to police custody till tomorrow,” the court said.

The prosecution refuted Hindustani’s allegation that former SP leader Amar Singh and some Congress leaders had contacted him to negotiate with certain BJP MPs for their vote in favour of the trust motion for Manmohan Singh government in 2008.

“During investigation it has come on record that neither any leader of Congress party had made any effort to contact Hindustani nor any SP leader contacted him to strike a deal with MPs,” the police said in its remand application.

It added that “rather it is clear that it was only Hindustani who was making repeated attempts to contact various persons to strike a deal for monetary considerations in the name of three BJP MPs“.

The prosecution said Hindustani had hatched the whole conspiracy.

Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan submitted that July 22, 2008 was the “most unfortunate day for a democratic set up” as money was waved on the floor of Parliament during the debate on the confidence motion.

The prosecution submitted that they need to confront both Hindustani and Saxena with each other to complete the probe.

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