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How the money changed hands

July 22, 2008 18:52 IST

The three BJP MPs, who surprised everybody by tabling Rs 1 crore in the Lok Sabha,  named SP MP Reoti Raman Singh and SP general secretary Amar Singh for striking a deal with them and giving them the cash.

"We were contacted on Monday and told the deal would be struck in Le Meridian hotel here but that could not take place. Later, SP MP Reoti Raman Singh came to meet us at 12:30 am at 4, Ferozshah Road and said please come with me to Amar Singh's house where the deal would be finalised," Fagan Singh Kulaste said.

Kulaste, along with Mahavir Bhagore and Ashok Argal, emptied a bag with Rs 1 crore in cash in the Lok Sabha and claimed this money was given as advance to them to abstain from voting.

The house on Ferozshah Road is occupied by Argal. "In the morning today, Ahmed Patel (Congress)  discussed the deal with us. Thereafter, we went with Reoti Raman Singh to Amar Singh's house where he offered us Rs 3 crore-- Rs 1 crore each as advance-- there and then. But, we refused to take the money and said it should be delivered at 4 Ferozshah Road," Kulaste said.

"About twenty minutes later a man came to the residence with two bags full of cash and put it on the table. I asked him to open the bags to show whether the cash was real or fake. Then he took out Rs 1 crore in cash," said Mahavir Bhagora, another BJP MP who had displayed the wads in the House. "A man telephoned Amar Singh who told me this money is an advance for the deal," Argal said.

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