Indian police arrest lawmaker accused of bribery

AP News
Posted: Sep 06, 2011 7:36 AM
Indian police arrest lawmaker accused of bribery

Indian police have arrested a federal lawmaker for alleged involvement in a cash-for-votes scandal during a crucial confidence vote faced by the ruling Congress party in 2008.

Lawmaker Amar Singh was arrested Tuesday. He is accused of bribing three legislators from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party to vote in favor of the government.

In 2008 Singh was a member of the Socialist Party and an ally of the Congress-led coalition. He has since left the party.

Two former BJP lawmakers were also arrested.

The scandal first surfaced in March when a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks said the Congress party bribed lawmakers ahead of the vote over a nuclear deal with the United States.