New Delhi: With its two former MPs and L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni granted bail in cash-for-vote scam, the BJP on Wednesday vowed not to rest till the "whistleblowers" are cleared by the court.

  
"I am happy Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Bhagora and Sudheendra Kulkarni have been directed to be released on bail. They have done no wrong. They only exposed corruption," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter.
    
Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley and senior party leader L K Advani had visited Kulaste and Bhagora - both ex-MPs- and Kulkarni in jail to express solidarity with them. The three were granted bail along with two other accused by the Delhi High Court.
   
Advani had even said in the Parliament on the last day of the monsoon session that if the MPs were guilty, he too was guilty and should be sent to jail as he was Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha when the sting operation to expose the cash-for-vote scam in 2008 was conducted.
   
He admitted that he was aware that a sting operation is being conducted.
   
Swaraj stated on Wednesday that the party will stand by its MPs and Kulkarni.
   
"We will not rest only with this. We will fight till they are honourably exonerated by the Court," she said.        

Advani had said he decided to take out his yatra for good governance and clean politics after the arrest of these "whistle-blower" MPs.
   
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Balbir Punj said the party will extend full legal support to them.
       
"We are going to raise the issue in Parliament that bribe givers go free while those who have exposed and refused to take bribe are punished," Punj said. Nirmala Sitharaman, national spokesperson of BJP, said the party welcomes the court order.
   
"We have been saying repeatedly that the whistleblowers have been put in jail and they should be out. Prosecution should now at least start bringing into the purview of people whose names have appeared in the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee (PAC) that went into the matter and widen the scope of investigation....
   
"....We are glad that our people, who are actually whistleblowers, are out. Party will stand by them fully," Sitharaman said.

HC grants bail to accused

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Sudheendra Kulkarni, ex-advisor to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and five others in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam.

Justice ML Mehta granted regular bail to former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora, former aide of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh Sanjay Saxena and political activist Suhail Hindustani.

BJP MP Ashok Argal, currently out of jail, was granted anticipatory bail.

(Agencies)