Tuesday, May 15, 2012 NC
A Raja granted bail after 15 months in Tihar jail
A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to former telecom minister A Raja who has been in judicial custody since his arrest on February 2 last year for his alleged involvement in the 2G scam.
The court granted bail to the DMK MP on a personal bond of Rs 20 lakh and two sureties of the like amount.
The court while granting bail imposed conditions on Raja that he will not visit Tamil Nadu without its prior permission and will not go to the office of the Department of Telecom (DoT).
The court, in its 14-page bail order, also said that Raja would not try to influence any witnesses while on bail. Raja was arrested on February 2, last year.
Special CBI Judge OP Saini had on May 11 reserved his order on Raja's bail plea for today after hearing arguments from the CBI and counsel for the DMK MP.
Raja had sought bail, after over 15 months of his arrest, on the ground of parity with 13 other co-accused who have already secured it from the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and the trial court.
In his bail plea, Raja had contended that case against him is "false and fabricated" and "not sustainable in law."
The CBI had vehemently opposed Raja's bail, saying he cannot be released on the ground of parity as the charges levelled against him are of 'serious nature'.
During the probe, it has come to light that Raja and others received bribe of over Rs 200 crore in connection with the spectrum scam, it said.
The CBI prosecutor had raised questions on Raja's alleged links with Mauritius-based Delphi Investment Ltd, in which Reliance Telecom Ltd had allegedly transferred its shares and said if released on bail at this stage, he might tamper with the evidence.
"It is suspected that there may be involvement of public servants, including accused A Raja and his family members etc, in the affairs of the said companies (Delphi)," the prosecutor had said.
Raja had sought bail saying the Supreme Court, while granting bail to former Telecom Secretary Sidharth Behura, had not distinguished the case of public servant with others.
Raja's counsel had also said that he and Behura are facingsimilar charges of abatement, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.
We’re very happy: DMK’s Baalu on Raja getting bail
DMK leaders on Tuesday expressed happiness on A Raja, former telecommunications minister, getting bail in the 2G scam.
Speaking to a news channel, former Union minister and senior DMK leader TR Baalu said, “We are very happy… all DMK members are very happy.”
Baalu said he along with other DMK MPs was on way to Tihar Jail to meet Raja, who is likely to be released from prison by this evening.
Responding to a question, Baalu said till Raja is proven guilty the party will stand behind him.
"He will prove his innocence," the DMK leader added.
On 2G petitioner Subramanian Swamy’s remarks that Raja getting bail will not affect the trial, Baalu said “what Swamy says is immaterial to us”.
Meanwhile, Raja’s wife said it’s a long battle ahead for them.
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