16 AUGUST 2008
What do you mean when you say you have “documentaryproof” against Amar Singh in the cash for vote scam?
Tis crime of bribery comprised three stages. Te ﬁrst was theoﬀer to
, the second was their meeting with Amar Singh,and the third is the actual payment of money through his assis-tant Sanjeev Saxena. All three stages are on the videocassette.Additionally, the cameraman and reporter of the channel thatrecorded it are corroborative witnesses. Te
themselves area direct witness. And the fact of Sanjeev Saxena being AmarSingh’s man can be corroboratedfrom the video with independent evi-dence. He speaks to Amar Singh atleast six times. His phone shows callsmade to Amar Singh’s residence dur-ing that period. Te car in which hecame is registered in the name of Amar Singh’s family mem-bers. And we have given huge proof. In fact, only one proof it-self is enough. Now that it is admitted that Sanjeev Saxenacame with the bribe money, who is he and whose man is he?We have given voluminous evidence including documentary evidence in his own handwriting showing that his place of work was 27, Lodhi Estate and he is Amar Singh’s man.
How would you refute allegations from former colleague,Uma Bharti who has accused you, a
general secretary, aparty chief minister and some
of having a hand in plan-ning the entire cash for vote episode?
She doesn’t deserve a reply.
Her politics have sunk so low that she can only tout fabrica-tions at the behest of Amar Singh. I don’t think she deserves aserious comment.
Are you trying to cover up because there is disarray in yourown house? Eight of your
cross-voted during the trustvote in the Lok Sabha.
Why is it a cover up? I think your conscience should prick onthe question of corruption. Tis is the kind of investigationthat
should have been carrying out rather than us.We are giving evidence of the fact — even if we give it in thecase of three
— that money was used to inﬂuence the vote.
Was it then a planned strategyby the
to display the bundlesof cash in the Parliament on theday of the trust vote?
Well, once you have got evidenceto prove that bribe was given, it isnecessary to arouse the national consciousness.
There was a time when
questioned sting operations.Doesn’t the current one by your party fall in the realm of entrapment?
I don’t think we have ever questioned the very idea of stingoperations. Te fact is that one has to be careful about the ve-racity of the facts, that’s all.
When your former party president Bangaru Laxman wasstung, the party did question the sting operation.
We had made him resign the very night that the stingtook place.
did question it…
You see, there was a diﬀerence regarding the interpretation of evidence in some cases, but the concept of sting operationswas never questioned.
The BJP hit back when it was stung butparty General Secretary
that stingoperations are kosher
‘UMA BHARTIIS LYING AT AMAR SINGH’SBEHEST’
‘Your conscience should prick onthe question of corruption. Tehelkashould have done it, not us’
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