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Amar Singh's bail extended, can't travel abroad
Amar Singh's counsel has withdrawn his petition for traveling abroad after the court order.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday extended Amar Singh's bail till Wednesday but refused permission for the former SP leader to travel abroad in the cash-for-votes scam. Singh's counsel has withdrawn his petition for traveling abroad after the court order.
Singh was granted bail by the Tees Hazari court on medical grounds but according to the bail conditions he could not travel abroad.
Amar Singh had to surrender his passport and furnish a personal surety bond of Rs 2 lakh.
Amar Singh's lawyer claims he needs to be in Singapore for a doctor's appointment.
He had been suffering from UTI, increase serum creatinine, vitamin B12 deficiency and increased TSH.
His medical report by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had said that he had developed severe abdominal pain and he is prone to infection as he had undergone renal transplant.
Special judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal extended Singh's interim bail for a day while reserving for Wednesday her order on his regular bail.
Arguing for Singh's bail, his counsel Hariharan said that as per the medical report received from AIIMS, his client is still not well and his vital parameters are above normal limit.
"I (Amar Singh) have amply demonstrated before the court that I am a sick and infirm person and the court could grant me bail on this ground alone," he said.
He also said the prosecution has no evidence against his client to show his involvement in the alleged conspiracy of bribing BJP MPs to win their votes in the July 2008 confidence motion of the Congress-led UPA-I government after withdrawal of the critical outside support of Left parties to the government.
"The prosecution is relying on the disclosure statement of other co-accused, which cannot be relied upon. The prosecution is unable to lay the foundation of the conspiracy charge against Amar Singh. All I am trying to say is that basic ingredients of a conspiracy are not satisfied at all," he said.
Meanwhile, LK Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni on Tuesday sent to judicial custody till October 1. Calling the cash-for-votes scam the biggest scam of the country, Kulkarni said that the role of the Congress leaders should also be probed.
(With additional inputs from PTI)