Cash-for-vote scam: HC releases Amar Singh on bail

While granting bail to 55-year-old former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh, who was undergoing treatment at AIIMS under judicial custody, the court asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs50 lakh and two sureties of like amount

New Delhi: In a relief to Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, the Delhi High Court today granted him bail in the 2008 cash-for-vote case but restrained him from leaving the country without its permission, reports PTI.

While granting bail to 55-year-old Mr Singh, who was undergoing treatment at AIIMS under judicial custody, the court asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs50 lakh and two sureties of like amount.

Justice Suresh Kait also asked Mr Singh to surrender his passport before the trial court which is hearing the cash-for-vote case.

The court passed the order on an appeal filed by Mr Singh challenging the lower court’s order rejecting his bail plea.

The lower court had granted interim bail to Mr Singh on 15th September on medical grounds, which continued till 28th September when the judge ordered his re-arrest while dismissing his regular and interim bail pleas on the ground that he was ‘stable’.

Mr Singh has been booked under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code in the cash-for-vote case.

The high court had on 19th October reserved its order on Mr Singh’s bail plea.

Pleading for bail during the arguments, the former Samajwadi Party general secretary submitted that he was hospitalised for treatment of multiple ailments and needed constant medical attention.

“It is an admitted case that Mr Singh is living on a donated kidney, transplanted in Singapore, and the surgeon, who did the surgery, is supposed to take care of the patient after the transplant. Unfortunately, the lower court did not consider it and termed his condition as stable,” his counsel pleaded.

The Centre had submitted that the medical reports given by AIIMS could not be disputed and “all is not well” with his medical condition.

Besides Mr Singh, Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide of BJP leader LK Advani, former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora and co-accused Suhail Hindustani and Sanjeev Saxena are in jail in connection with the case.

Mr Singh, who was arrested on 6th September, had sought bail on medical grounds. He was taken to AIIMS from Tihar Jail on 12thSeptember evening after a bout of vomiting and diarrhoea.

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