By- Correspondent | Date- July 21, 2011
The Delhi police yesterday questioned Sohail Hindustani, alleged middleman in the cash for vote scam case of 2008 in New Delhi. This brought a new twist as Hindustani claimed that he had acted as a middleman between Amar Singh along with other leaders and the lawmakers to whom cash was paid.
Hindustani narrated that he had gone to Amar Singh’s house on the advice of Ashok Argal, Fagan Singh Kulaste and Rewati Raman Singh and that Amar Singh had bribed them. Hindustani also went on to say that Amar Singh had said that he is working with Ahmad Patel on the instructions of Manmohan Singh to save the government.
During the day long interrogation by police, Sohail Hindustani claimed that he had received phone calls from people close to Sonia Gandhi from her official residence at 10 Jan Path. He further accused that the Prime Minister was lying and misleading the people of India.
Mentionable that a day earlier, the former chairman of the committee inquiring this scam, V. Kishore Chandra Deo had stated that no concrete evidence was found against Amar Singh in the case.
Hindustani admitted that for being able to buy one vote, he was entitled to commission worth 5 to 10 crores of rupees.
The cash for votes scam had taken placed when the ruling United Progressive Alliance, led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, allegedly bribed lawmakers of other parties to survive a confidence vote. The trust vote had taken place after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Front had withdrawn support from the government over the issue of the Indo-US nuclear deal.
It is being expected that Amar Singh of Samajwadi Party would be soon interrogated by the police in this connection. However how far the authorities will be able to peek into the details is a question.