'Cash-for-vote sting tape authentic'

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    'Cash-for-vote sting tape authentic'
    India - 20 march 2011

    NEW DELHI: India's topmost forensic laboratory has established the authenticity of the tapes used in a sting operation on alleged bribes for cross-voting during the July 2008 trust vote that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government won in his previous term.

    Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) examined the CDs at the instance of the Delhi Police and established that the contents are not doctored. It submitted its report to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police in January.

    The report gains significance in the light of calls for speedy investigation after a WikiLeaks disclosure said a US report from New Delhi mentioned an aide of Congress MP and Gandhi family loyalist Satish Sharma showed two cases of cash to an embassy staffer barely a week before the trust vote.

    The CDs contain footage of Samajwadi Party MP Reoti Raman Singh meeting and discussing with BJP MPs a meeting with his party bosses, and also capture Sanjeev Saxena, a former employee of expelled SP leader Amar Singh, delivering money to BJP MP Ashok Argal.

    The tapes are vital evidence on the attempts to bribe MPs for a crucial trust vote that the UPA-1 faced after Left parties withdrew support over the Indo-US nuclear deal. At that time Amar Singh was at the forefront to mobilize support for the government since SP's rival BSP leader Mayawati carried out a counter-poaching operation.

    Argal, along with two party MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora, caused a sensation in Lok Sabha on July 22, 2008, a few hours before voting on trust motion was to begin when they displayed bundles of currency notes they claimed to have been delivered on Amar Singh's instructions for switching their support to the government.

    Source: The Times of India

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