New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to Delhi Police while hearing pleas for regular and interim bail of Rajya Sabha member and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, an accused in the 2008 cash-for-votes scandal. Delhi Police should file the status report in the case within three days, said Justice Ajit Bharihoke.

While hearing Amar Singh's interim bail plea on health grounds, the court directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where he is being treated for a kidney-related ailment, to submit his medical report.

'The medical report of Amar Singh be called on October 12,' Justice Bharihoke said. 
  
After a Delhi court Sep 28 rejected Amar Singh's bail plea, the 55-year-old continues to be treated at the AIIMS where he was admitted Sep 12.

Amar Singh was arrested Sep 6 for his alleged involvement in an attempt to bribe MPs ahead of the July 2008 parliament trust vote.

On July 22, 2008, three BJP MPs - Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Singh Bhagora and Ashok Argal - waved wads of currency notes on the floor of the Lok Sabha ahead of the trust vote, alleging they were given the money to vote in favour of the Manmohan Singh government.

Kulaste and Bhagora, who are no longer MPs, have been arrested in the case. Argal is a member of the current Lok Sabha. Delhi Police had got Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's permission to act against him. Police will now file a supplementary charge sheet in the court.

Cash-for-votes: BJP MP Ashok Argal booked

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ashok Argal was Monday made an accused in a second supplementary charge sheet filed in a court here by Delhi Police in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam that rocked parliament during a trust vote.Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal took cognizance of the charge sheet and issued a notice to Argal for Oct 14.

Police filed the charge sheet three days after getting permission from Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for prosecuting Argal, a BJP MP from Bhind in Madhya Pradesh.

Six people, including former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide of senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, have been arrested in the case.

Police filed the first supplementary charge sheet in the court Sep 30.

Argal was one of the three BJP MPs who waved wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha during a trust vote July 22, 2008, caused by the withdrawal of Left parties' support to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government over the India-US civil nuclear deal.

The other two BJP leaders - Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Singh Bhagora - are no longer MPs and are in jail.

A case was registered in 2009 on the recommendation of a parliamentary panel that probed the issue

(Agencies)