Cash for vote scam: Panel has no plans as of now to call Amar, Ahmed Patel

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New Delhi, Aug 18 : The Parliamentary Committee examining the "cash-for-vote" scam has no plans as of now to call Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Congress leader Ahmed Patel for questioning.

The two leaders, both Rajya Sabha members, have been allegedly named by the three BJP MPs in their complaint before Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

Both Singh and Patel have denied any involvement.

"The process of recording evidence is complete," senior Congress member V Kishore Chandra Deo, who is heading the committee, told reporters after an over three-hour hearing at New Delhi on Monday.

Asked whether Singh and Patel would be called for questioning, Deo parried a direct reply saying there were no plans as of now to call any more witness.

On when the panel will submit its report, he said "as soon as possible. We will meet soon, may be within a week and try our best to give the report by August 29, 2008 (the date when the term of the committee expires)."

During Monday's hearing, SP member of Lok Sabha Reoti Raman Singh, BJP activist Sudheendra Kulkarni, Amar Singh's reported aide Sanjeev Saxena and one Suhail Hindustani, who was seen in the CD released by CNN-IBN which conducted the sting operation, deposed.

After deposing before the committee, Kulkarni told reporters he had assisted in the whistle-blowing operation.

"If an impartial inquiry is held, the truth will come out and Amar Singh will be found guilty," he claimed, adding that he, however, did not doubt the impartiality of the panel.

He also said he had given evidences before the panel in support of his contention.

Reoti Raman Singh declined to say anything before the media except for stating that the hearing was held in a cordial atmosphere. "I hope truth will prevail," he said.

ANI

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