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Cash-for-votes: Delhi government to challenge order

Posted on Feb 05 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 5 : The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Wednesday said it will challenge the acquittal of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and four others in the cash-for-votes scam.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said it has already written to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recommending the lower court order be challenged in the Delhi High Court.

On Nov 22, 2013, a Delhi court on Friday acquitted Amar Singh and four Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including Sudheendra Kulkarni, in the cash-for-votes scandal.

They were arrested in 2011.

The scam involves alleged bribing of lawmakers to save the Manmohan Singh government in 2008.

Amar Singh was charge-sheeted by the Delhi Police under the Prevention of Corruption Act for his alleged act of bribing some MPs, who were part of a BJP sting operation, to save the UPA government in 2008 when the communists pulled out over the civil nuclear deal with USA.

The operation was planned by Sudheendra Kulkarni to what he said was to expose the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA)´s methods to stay in power.

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