Parl panel exonerates Amar Singh in cash-for-votes scam

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A Lok Sabha Committee that went into the "cash for votes" scam during the confidence vote in July has exonerated Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh and Congress MP Ahmed Patel saying there was no no evidence against them.

Two Opposition MPs - V K Malhotra of BJP and Mohd Saleem of CPI(M) - have given dissenting notes on the 466-page report of the Committee headed by Congress MP Kishore Chandra Suryanarayana Deo saying they distanced themselves from it.

The Committee has, however, recommended a probe by an "appropriate agency" into the role of Sanjeev Saxena, said to be an aide of Amar Singh, Sohail Hindustani, driver, and Sudheendra Kulkarni, an aide of BJP leader L K Advani.

The Committee report and the dissenting reports were placed on the table of the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Three BJP MPs had shocked the Lok Sabha on July 22 when they opened a bag displayed wads of currency notes claiming they were offered Rs. 3 crore in bribe by Amar Singh, in which Ahmed Patel also allegedly played a role, to vote or abstain in favour of the government. The BJP MPs were Ashok Argal, Fagan Singh Kulasthe and Mahavir Bagora.

"There is no no direct evidence against Amar Singh. The Committee are inclined to discount the video clip of the car entering or coming out of Amar Singh's house because in the first place the video clipping does not show the face of persons (claimed to be Shri Argal and Kulasthe) seated in the rear seat," the Committee said.

Secondly, the Committee report said, a car seen entering and coming out of a residence "is neither here nor there".

"The Committee are constrained to observe that the matter on record does not conclusively prove that the money contained in the bag which was eventually displayed in the House was actually sent by Amar Singh for the purpose of winning over these MPs.

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