From Bollywood stars to Tihar, Amar Singh's fall from grace

Amar Singh, who stole the limelight as a political heavyweight and a friend of corporate honchos and Bollywood stars, fell a long way from grace on Tuesday when a court sent him to Tihar Jail on charges of corruption.
For years, Amar Singh, now 55, was among the most vocal voices in Indian politics and parliament, one who took on all and sundry, just about anyone who disagreed with him.
He mocked at Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her Italian origins (before making a U-turn) and made fun of even the tallest leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
At other times, he took on Lalu Prasad, Mayawati and friends-turned-foes, the Marxists.
Amar Singh acquired an enviable political clout that arose from his mysterious proximity to Samajwadi Party chief and former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.
In the process, despite being a late entrant, he secured a veto power in the party, much to the chagrin of old time socialists.
He also played a key role in the coalition politics of the 1990s that saw two short-lived United Front governments.
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