Cash-For-Votes: SC orders probe into money source

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New Delhi, Sep 2: On Friday, Sep 2 the Delhi Police has been ordered by the Supreme Court to start a probe into the source of money involved in 2008 cash-for-vote scam. Judges Aftab Alam and R.M. Lodha gave the direction after police submitted its status report on its probe. The apex court was told that the chargesheet in the case had already been filed.

Former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh, BJP leader L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni and two former BJP MPs were issued summons by a Delhi court to stand trial for their alleged role in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

Delhi Police, in its charge sheet, had indicted all six for their roles in the scam, involving payment of bribes to some MPs to win their votes in a trust motion, piloted by the Congress-led UPA government.

The Delhi police claims to have found enough evidence to pin Mr Singh down. But, they are hesitant to arrest the scam kingpin Singh due to his heavyweight political stature. The police wants to ensure that it has carefully cross-checked its allegations against him. But, the other accused both Saxena and Sohail Hindustani have been arrested in July, 2011.

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