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The Delhi High Court Monday reserved till Nov 16 its order on the bail plea of Sudheendra Kulkarni, advisor to Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was prime minister, and four other accused in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam that had rocked parliament ahead of a trust vote.

Justice M.L. Mehta reserved the order on bail applications of Kulkarni, former aide of MP Amar Singh Sanjeev Saxena, political activist Suhail Hindustani and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora.

The court said it will pronounce its order Nov 16.

Saxena is accused of delivering Rs.1 crore to Kulaste and Bhagora, as also to Ashok Argal, who continues to be an MP, under a conspiracy to buy their votes for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government in the July 2008 trust motion.

The court also reserved its order till Nov 16 on Argal’s anticipatory bail. The Delhi Police have received Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s nod to proceed against Argal.

On July 22, 2008, Argal, Kulaste and Bhagora, waved wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha just hours ahead of a trust vote, alleging they were given the money to vote in favour of the Manmohan Singh government.


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