Police seeks HMs permission to question Amar Singh

New Delhi: Delhi Police has approached the Home Ministry seeking permission to question MP Amar Singh in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

In a related development, MP Ashok Argal and former MP Mahavir Bhagora, who were allegedly offered money at the time of the trust vote, claimed that accused Sanjeev Saxena had told them that the money was given by the former SP leader.

Saxena, once considered close to Mr. Singh, was arrested on Sunday by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch in connection with the case.

Seeking to expand its probe, Delhi Police has written a letter to the Home Ministry in which is it is understood to have asked it to approach Rajya Sabha Chairman and Lok Sabha Chairman to question Mr. Singh and Mr. Argal.

“We have sent a letter to the Home Ministry,” a senior police official said.

Under the law, permission is required from the Rajya Sabha Chairman or Lok Sabha Speaker if parliamentarians are to be questioned.

Mr. Argal said, “Saxena is related to Amar Singh. Records are there (to prove it). Saxena said he brought the money from Amar Singh’s place.”

Mr. Bhagora also echoed Mr. Argal and alleged Saxena told him that he was coming from Mr. Singh’s residence and the money was sent by him.

Mr. Argal said, “No one is above law. I will give full cooperation to the investigation”.