New Delhi: BJP MP Ram Jethmalani on Monday created flutters in a local court here when he claimed that the money produced in the Lok Sabha during the cash-for-vote scam was ‘likely to be from the BJP’.

Seeking interim bail for former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, the senior advocate told special judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal that even Sanjeev Saxena, co-accused in the cash-for-vote scam, in his bail application has said that the money which he had allegedly delivered to the MPs, had been received by him from the BJP's treasurer.

"If the money was waved (in Lok Sabha) by the BJP MPs, then the source of money is likely to be from the BJP. I am not prejudicing anybody's case.

"There is no allegation that Amar Singh arranged the money," Jethmalani told the court, which is to pronounce its order on Singh's bail plea on Tuesday.

Jethamalani's arguments in seeking Amar Singh's bail on health grounds goes contrary to the stand of the BJP, which has been asking the Congress-led UPA as to the source of the money.

The BJP says that money could have come only from the "beneficiary" of the vote on the confidence motion.

Reacting to Jethmalani's claim, BJP leader Arun Jaitley sought to play it down saying that Jethmalani was only a lawyer arguing on behalf of his client.

"This is the plea of an accused and he is only a lawyer. Whatever plea a lawyer takes, no matter how false they may be, we normally do not comment on them as the matter is pending in court

BJP tries to make up for embarrassment


Meanwhile, the BJP sought to make light of the embarrassment caused by its Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani in the cash-for-vote case, saying he is acting in his capacity as a lawyer and it would not like to comment as the matter is sub-judice.

When asked about Jethmalani's accusations, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said, "This is the plea of an accused and he is only a lawyer. Whatever plea a lawyer takes, no matter how false they may be, we normally do not comment on them as the matter is pending in court."

This is not the first time Jethmalani has put his party BJP in a spot over his comments and the clients he is representing in court.

(Agencies)