Amar Singh to stay in hospital as bail plea is rejected

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Old 29-Sep-2011
Amar Singh to stay in hospital as bail plea is rejected

New Delhi: Parliament Member and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's bail plea was rejected by a Delhi court yesterday in the 2008 cash-for-votes scandal. He will, however, continue to stay in hospital where he is being treated for a kidney-related ailment.

Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal rejected both his pleas for regular and interim bail. The judge also said that he would stay in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences as long as the doctors thought this to be necessary.

"The accused is stable, but requires monitoring. I leave it to the good judgment of these specialists and super specialists at AIIMS to decide the period for which the accused is to be kept under observation," said the judge, while pronouncing the order.

The court further said that prior to September 13, the accused was granted interim bail that ended yesterday. The 55-year-old leader, who is a diabetic, underwent a renal transplant in September 2009 and intestinal surgery 10 years ago. Besides, he also suffers from hypertension, tuberculosis, chronic kidney disease and urinary tract infection.

He was admitted to AIIMS on September 12. Singh was arrested on September 6 for his alleged involvement in an attempt to bribe MPs ahead of the July 2008 parliament trust vote. On July 22, 2008, MPs waved wads of notes alleging they were given the money to vote in favour of the Singh government.

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