Amar Singh, 2 former BJP MPs sent to Tihar jail in cash-for-votes scam

Judge asks Delhi police to respond to bail applications; posts hearing to 19th September

New Delhi: In a dramatic turn of events in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam, Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh was today arrested when he made appeared before a local court and sent to jail.

The former Samajwadi Party leader had earlier in the day asked the court through this advocate, to be exempted from appearance on medical grounds.

Mr Singh, 55, was not allowed bail and instead the court ordered that he be taken into custody and to Tihar jail. Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal remanded Mr Singh in judicial custody for 14 days.

The court also rejected the bail application of former Bharatiya Janata Party members of parliament Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora, who also appeared before the court in response to the summons for their alleged role in the episode.

Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide of BJP leader LK Advani, who has also been chargesheeted in the case, did not appear in court today and his lawyer requested the court for time as Mr Kulkarni is abroad.

In the court this afternoon, Mr Singh made a strong plea to be allowed bail as he had only recently undergone a kidney transplant in Singapore and required round the clock medical care.

"I lost my kidneys and I am now living on borrowed kidneys. There are hazards of being in public life and there is infection in my urinary track which is dangerous for my borrowed kidney," Mr Singh said.

However, the judge went through Mr Singh's medical reports that he had handed over to her and said that the documents did not show his medical history after September 2010. Responding to the judge's statement, Mr Singh said, "There was little time today. So I could not get all the reports."

Rejecting the bail plea of all the three accused, the judge said, "The grounds for interim bail in all three applications are similar as (those) for regular bail and will be considered at an appropriate stage. File reply. The accused Amar Singh, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora are taken into custody and will be produced on September 19."

"Every application for bail will be decided after replies are filed, because grounds for interim bail are same as in the regular bail," the judge said, while asking the Delhi Police to file its reply to the bail petitions.

Arguing for bail on behalf of Mr Singh, advocates Amrendra Sharan and Hariharan said, "There is nothing in this case and there is high probability that ultimately the accused will not be convicted and they may even be discharged. There is no apprehension that Singh will tamper evidence or abscond."

Mr Sharan, a former additional solicitor-general, said he has also been cooperating with the Delhi Police during the investigations. The defence counsel said that he has decided to appear before the court despite his ill health and this "good conduct also calls for grant of bail."

The prosecution, however, told the court that the bail plea should be decided on merits only and that if the plea is considered, points like the standing of the accused in society, gravity of offence and the ability to influence witnesses must also be considered.


ICICI Securities launches ICICIdirect eSafe

This service would enable its customer to securely store documents and images and download them at anytime from any location

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ICICI Securities is one of the largest integrated securities firms in India covering the needs of corporate and retail customers through investment banking, institutional broking, retail broking and financial product distribution businesses.


Moneylife Foundation sends memorandum on TDS to the FM, RBI

Moneylife Foundation decided to take the issue of hardships faced by bank depositors due to TDS and sent a memorandum to authorities.

Moneylife Foundation has sent a memorandum which highlighted the issue of charging Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) on interest earned on bank deposits.
Seeing the response of the readers of the article "TDS is not only tedious, it is sheer harassment. Government must make interest from banks free from income-tax" published on the Moneylife website, it was clear that TDS on bank deposits is detested by many.

Moneylife Foundation thus decided to take up the matter with the concerned officials and prepared a Memorandum on TDS titled "Income Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) on interest earned on deposits with bank causes tremendous hardship".

The memorandum has been sent to the Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister, RS Gujral, Finance Secretary,  DK Mittal, Banking Secretary, Dr D Subbarao, Governor, RBI, Kishori Udeshi, chairperson, Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI), Dr KC Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, RBI and MD Mallya, chairman, Indian Banks' Association (IBA).

Click below to see the memorandum, sent by Moneylife Foundation…





5 years ago

Good Work.
Well Done.


5 years ago

If nothing else, the government should increase the threshold for TDS for Rs 10000 to Rs 1 lac.


5 years ago

Thank you Money Life

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