Cash for votes: Tihar overcrowded, Hindustani sent to jail

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New Delhi, Jul 22: The two former aides of Amar Singh - Suhail Hindustani and Sanjeev Saxena have been sent to Tihar jail on Jul 22. The duo were arrested over their alleged roles in the cash-for-votes scam.

Hindustani, who was believed as the whistle-blower in the whole scam, was arrested after seven hours' continuous quizzing by the Delhi police on Jul 20. Hindustani was arrested under Prevention of Corruption Act.

While sending the duo to the Tihar jail, Special Judge Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal said, "Both accused are remanded to judicial custody till Aug 5."

During investigation, Suhail reportedly had named Prime Minister and Congress President, Sonia Gandhi in the cash-for-votes scam.

Suhail was quoted as saying to reporters, "I received calls from Amar Singh and Ahmed Patel (Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi). Those close to Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) called me and even from 10-Janpath (Gandhi's residence)." He was also questioned by crime branch officials in the Delhi police. He, however refused to reveal the names of others who had called him.

Suhail further in his explosive revelations added, "I challenge them. These people tried to bribe me. They asked me why are you aligned with BJP? Is your life going haywire? Come, align with us and we will give you some big posts like chairmanship. They told me that if you get one MP, we will give you Rs 5-10 crore as commission."

He also said, "People could not believe that Manmohan Singh and Congress party could stoop to this level to save the government." He divulged that Amar Singh told him he was operating under the directions of the PM and Ahmed Patel to save the government.

Now, it will be interesting to see how the authorities of Tihar jail will receive and handle the high-profile criminals within the boundary of Tihar. The prison has already been crowded with 2G accused A Raja, Kanimozhi, CWG accused Suresh Kalmadi and many more high-profile inmates.

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