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Trap In Reverse

Despite arrests, stasis stalls the cash-for-votes scam probe

Trap In Reverse
Sanjay Rawat
Trap In Reverse
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Delhi’s Tihar jail welcomed another high-profile detainee when former L.K. Advani aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, described by the police as the “mastermind” of the July 2008 cash-for-votes scam, was arrested on September 27. However, many will argue that the story of what actually happened in the run-up to the nuclear deal trust vote is nowhere nearer to completion despite this sixth arrest in connection with the scam. Kulkarni, who had admitted his role in trying to arrange a TV sting operation to capture the frenetic vote-buying that was allegedly taking place in the days before the trust vote, was arrested when he finally appeared before a local court in Delhi after his return from a long personal visit to the US. He had little choice; the court had threatened to issue an arrest warrant after he failed to appear before it in response to two earlier summons.

Soon after his arrest, Kulkarni reiterated his stand that he was merely a whistle-blower. “I am ready to go to jail if exposing corruption is a crime,” he...

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