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Jethmalani now says Ahmed Patel paid cash for votes

Last updated on: September 19, 2011 15:00 IST

Jethmalani now says Ahmed Patel paid cash for votes



Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh's counsel Ram Jethmalani on Monday made a u-turn and named before a Delhi court Congress leader Ahmed Patel as the source for the money in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

Arguing for the bail to former Samajwadi Party leader, the senior advocate named Patel, changing his earlier statement that the money could have come from BJP since L K Advani had said that his party had conducted a sting operation.

Jethmalani told Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal that the bribe was paid at the Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi.

"The place of receipt of the bribe was not Amar Singh's home, but Le Meridien Hotel. The person to pay the bribe was not Mr Amar Singh but obviously Mr Ahmad Patel, an MP and a very influential member of the party whose government was to be saved," said Jethmalani.

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Image: File photo of Ahmed Patel. (Inset) Ram Jethmalani


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Terming Patel as the "bribe giver", Jethmalani said, "I am not suggesting that Patel, on this piece of evidence, should be convicted but if you are influencing MPs of other parties on behalf of your party, then you are the bribe giver."

Reacting to Jethmalani submission in the court, Patel said, "It is all baseless and humbug and I have already clarified about it."

Pressing for Amar Singh's bail on Monday, Jethmalani told the court that there is no prima facie case against him.

Jethmalani also pleaded to the court to extend his interim bail on health grounds saying that as per the medical report of his client received from AIIMS, where he is undergoing treatment, he needs constant monitoring and check-up of his various health parameters.

Singh was arrested on September 6 after he appeared before the court in response to its summons to him for his alleged role in the cash-for-vote scam.

The court had sent him to Tihar jail dismissing his pleas for bail on the ground of his frail health. He had pleaded that he had undergone a kidney transplant and ran a high risk of catching urinary tract infection.

Singh had to be rushed to AIIMS on September 12 evening following complaint of vomitting and diarrhoea and was given interim bail on September 15 till September 19.

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