Amar Singh provided me cash to bribe the MPs: Sanjiv Saxena

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New Delhi, Jul 19: The first accused arrested in connection with the 2008 cash-for-vote scam by the Delhi police was Sanjiv Saxena, who claimed that the former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh had provided him money to bribe the MPs in 2008.

Saxena, 50-years-old is claimed to be a close aide of Amar Singh though Singh had repeatedly denied knowing Saxena well. The police said Saxena was arrested on the statements of now ex-BJP MPs Mahavir Singh Bhagora and Fagan Singh Kulaste, who named him (Saxena) as the person who had offered them money to abstain from voting during the trust motion moved by the UPA-I government.

“After we received the forensic report, we decided to question Bhagora and Kulaste and sent teams to Udaipur and Bhopal. Both of them named Saxena as the person who came with the bag containing the money. It was on their statement that we decided to arrest Saxena. He is not cooperating and is changing statements regularly," said a senior police officer.

A seven-member Parliamentary Committee had been constituted to probe the allegations. It had asked the Delhi Police to investigate the role of Saxena, Suhail Hindustani and Sudheendra Kulkarni.

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