STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 8 July
A city court today granted bail to one of the alleged middlemen in the Rs 10-crore Railway bribery case, Ajay Garg. Also, the court reserved its order on the bail plea of former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal’s nephew, Vijay Singla.
Garg was instrumental in fixing the bribe amount for getting a favourable post for the then Member (Staff) of Railway Board Mahesh Kumar who is also an accused in the case. "At this stage it was not clear whether he would have benefited in case accused Mahesh Kumar would have got the posting of his choice," said the Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma.
The court directed Garg to furnish a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh and two sureties of like amount. It added that he should not delay proceedings by filing frivolous applications or seeking unnecessary adjournments during the hearing, which may lead to cancellation of his bail and also directed him not to leave the country or influence the witnesses. Meanwhile, the court also heard the bail plea of Singla. Singla’s counsel said the alleged bribe money recovered by CBI was part of a business transaction.
"CBI is relying on some intercepted conversations but since the same has been procured illegally, recovery of money from me cannot be declared illegal gratification only on basis of the telephonic conversation the permission to intercept which was itself obtained illegally," said Singla’s counsel.
CBI, however, rebutted his argument saying the conversations have not been intercepted illegally. The court also heard the arguments on the bail plea of another alleged middleman Sandeep Goyal who said even Bansal has in his statement to CBI refused to identify him.