New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday stayed an order of a lower court that summoned Samajwadi Party MP Rewati Raman in 2008 cash-for-vote scam. The lower court had directed the MP to appear before it on November 3.

Justice Suresh Kait in his order stated that the proceedings of the lower court should be stayed till the next hearing on November 15.

During the hearing, a special court had asked the Delhi Police to make Raman accused in the cash-for-vote case.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that the accused in the bribery case were outside the jail while the whistleblowers were behind the 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 said that this move will discourage people from exposing any case in future.

It should be noted that Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh was granted bail on Monday on humanitarian grounds while senior BJP leader L K Advani’s close aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, two former BJP MPs and Faggan Singh Kulaste are still in jail.

In 2008, the three BJP MPs Faggan Singh, Mahavir Bhagora and Ashok Argal waived wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha ahead of the trust vote claiming they were given money to vote in favour of the Manmohan Singh government.

JPN/Bureau