New Delhi: Adding to the woes of those accused in the cash-for-votes scam now, after Delhi Police, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also gearing up to register a case against them under the Money Laundering Act.

According to a senior ED official, “This is a fit case of blackmoney as there is no proof of the source of money utilized in the scam.” The official said that before registering any case, details mentioned in the FIR lodged by the Delhi Police will be first studied thoroughly and then the decision will be taken by the ED department in the next few days.

“The scam was reported in 2008, but several amendments were made in the Money Laundering Act in June 2009. Hence, it will be necessary to know whether the case registered by Delhi police comes under the Act or not,” he informed.

Replying to the question as to why the ED was silent over the issue for the past three years, the official said, the Money Laundering Act is an auxiliary law, which can be applicable in primary cases if anti-corruption clauses concern them.

Till date, Delhi police was not doing anything in the primary case therefore any probe under the Act was not feasible by the ED. Now, Delhi police has become active and arrested three people in the last two days thus making a way for the ED to attend the case.

Notably, the Delhi police in the last two days have arrested Sanjeev Saxena and Suhail Hindustani.

Amar Singh to be questioned

Taking forward its probe in the cash-for-vote scam, Delhi police is all set to grill Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh on Friday for his alleged role in the sensational case.

Singh, the then General Secretary of Samajwadi Party, is accused of sending bribe money to win over three BJP lawmakers during the 2008 trust vote. Sources said Delhi Police's Crime Branch will call him for questioning on Friday.

The decision to call Singh for questioning comes a day after arrest of Suhail Hindustani, who allegedly acted as a liaison between Singh and the BJP MPs. Hindustani was arrested on Wednesday under Prevention of Corruption Act after seven hours of grilling by the Crime Branch about his role in the case.

On Sunday, police had arrested Sanjeev Saxena, once considered close to Singh who allegedly delivered cash to the MPs to vote in favour of the UPA during trust vote, was arrested.

The arrests and fresh investigations into the case have come after Delhi Police was slammed by Supreme Court last week for its "callous" approach in this case.

Besides Amar Singh, police is also expected to question Samajwadi Party MP Reoti Raman Singh and BJP MP Ashok Argal.

Questioning of BJP leader L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, who allegedly was behind sting operation to trap the bribe-givers, is also likely to take place.

JPN/Bureau