Court to see CDs on cash-for-vote scam

New Delhi: A Delhi court hearing the 2008 cash-for-vote scam case today decided to watch on Monday all the six CDs containing footage of the purported sting operation conducted in the run up to the July 2008 voting in Lok Sabha on the trust motion by Congress-led UPA government.

Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal asked Delhi Police to submit to her court all the case related CDs which it has in its possession. The sting operation was conducted by a TV channel.

The court also directed the prosecution to get an expert to play the CDs in the court room after counsel for Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former aide of senior BJP leader L K Advani, alleged the CDs submitted by Delhi Police were incomplete.

"If you have sent all the six CDs to the Forensic Science Laboratory, that means you have something in mind otherwise you could throw it in dustbin. Let us be fair to all. Whatever you have CDs, you produce it before the court and show it to all," the judge said.

Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan told the court that they received six CDs from the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, out of which one was empty. They added all the CDs they had received from the private TV channel, which had conducted the sting operation, has been put on record.

The court said "the first thing is that you give certified copies of all six CDs."

Meanwhile, the court extended Kulkarni`s judicial custody till October 3, deferring the on going arguments on his bail plea till then.