New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who is undergoing treatment at AIIMS, was on Monday granted bail in the 2008 cash-for-vote case by the Delhi High Court on "humanitarian grounds" in view of his "critical" condition.

"Keeping in view the critical health condition of the petitioner (Singh) as he had been continuously in hospital since October 12 till date, on humanitarian grounds I deem it
fit to admit the petitioner on bail," Justice Suresh Kait said in his 33-page order.

Initially, the court asked Singh to furnish a personal bond and two sureties of Rs one crore each as a pre-condition for his release on bail, but, later it halved the amount after Singh's lawyers said they were "too high" and would be difficult for the accused to arrange.

Imposing a slew of conditions including that Singh, 55, will not leave the country without prior permission of the lower court, Justice Kait referred to his medical reports and said the jail was not a proper place for him.

"Keeping medical reports in view, it seems to me that the health condition of the petitioner is very critical. Even doctors have advised him not to go in a crowded area and remain in a very hygienic conditions to avoid infection.

Obviously, jail is not such a place where conditions as required could be made available," the court said.

Singh, arrested on September 6, will have to furnish particulars of his stay offshore if he goes out of the country, Justice Kait said.

The court also referred to the concession made by Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran on behalf of police that "all was not well" with Singh, who has been hospitalised for multiple problems including kidney ailments.

Elaborating on the bail conditions, Justice Kait said, "The petitioner shall not influence any of the witnesses or tamper with evidence and remain present as and when called by the trial court.

"Needless to state if any of the above conditions are breached, the investigating authority may take steps to get his bail cancelled."

Justice Kait also referred to Singh's ailments saying, "I note he had under gone bowel resection (surgical procedure for removing a part of large intestines) in 2001. Subsequently, he developed renal failure requiring kidney transplant....

"Since then he is on double drug immunosuppression -- Tacrolimus and Mycophenolate mofetil. His serum creatinine ranges from 0.8 – 1.0 mg/dl (baseline)....

"He needs to have small frequent meals that are required due to diabetes and short gut syndrome. He needs to take medicines and follow a routine as directed to prevent any transplant kidney function deterioration."

The court passed the order on an appeal filed by Singh challenging the lower court's rejection of his bail plea.

The lower court had granted interim bail to Singh on September 15 on health grounds, which continued till September 28 when the judge ordered his re-arrest while dismissing his regular and interim bail pleas.

Singh has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC in the cash-for-vote case.

Besides Singh, Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide of BJP leader L K Advani, former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora and co-accused Suhail Hindustani and Sanjeev Saxena are in jail in connection with the case.

Singh was taken to AIIMS in custody on September 12 after a bout of vomiting and diarrhoea.

Jaya thanks court for bail to Amar

Film actor-turned-MP Jayaprada on Monday expressed her happiness at bail granted to Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh in the cash-for-vote scam, thanking people and the court for the order.

"I thank people of this nation and honourable court also" she told Times Now after the Delhi High Court granted bail to Singh.

High Court granted bail to former Samajwadi leader in the 2008 cash-for-vote case on humanitarian grounds in view of his critical condition.

Coming to the defence of Singh, the Rampur MP said, "I am very confident that he can never commit any mistake. He has all the time fought for somebody or the other for some reasons but never out of selfishness. But nobody supported him even those who are near him."

"Today also he had to fight alone for his case. His belief and faith in court has been proved."

Whistleblowers still in jail: BJP

With cash-for-vote accused Amar Singh granted bail in the scam, BJP on Monday lamented that while those charged with bribery in the case are getting out of jail, the whistleblowers are still behind bars.

"All those who have been accused of bribery in a scam which really impacted Indian democracy, i.e. the vote of confidence won by bribery, seem to be foremost in getting
relief from courts," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.

He maintained that it was a "sad commentary" on the state of things and will deter people from exposing graft.

"The whistleblowers who did not pocket the money, and who received the money and immediately went to Parliament and exposed the crime are languishing in jail," Jaitley said.

He claimed that this will discourage people from exposing corruption in future.
BJP leader L K Advani's former close aide Sudheendra Kulkarni and two former party MPs-Mahavir Bhagora and Faggan Singh Kulaste- are still in jail in the same case. The party
maintains that they had acted as whistleblowers and exposed attempts to buy MPs to win the July 22, 2008 Trust Vote.

Advani had said on the last day of the recently concluded Monsoon session of Parliament that if the two MPs and Kulkarni are guilty then he is even more guilty as he- in his capacity as Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha- had allowed them to go ahead with the sting operation.

(JPN/Agencies)