A CBI special court here Saturday granted bail to Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) former secretary general Lalit Bhanot and former treasurer M. Jayachandran in a corruption case, two days after their former chief Suresh Kalmadi was freed on bail by the Delhi High Court.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge Talwant Singh granted bail to Bhanot and Jayachandran citing the judgment the high court passed Jan 19, granting bail to Kalmadi and his ex-aide V.K. Verma.
"After hearing both the sides and going through the judgment of the high court in the bail matters of co-accused Suresh Kalmadi and V.K. Verma and without discussing merits of the allegations against the present accused (Bhanot, Jayachandran), I am inclined to grant bail to both (Bhanot, Jayachandran) of them on the ground of parity," Judge Talwant Singh said.
The court directed Bhanot and Jayachandran that they shall not intimidate any witness after their release on bail. They were also restrained from leaving the country without court permission.
Bail was granted to Bhanot on a personal bond and two sureties of Rs.5 lakh each, while bail to Jayachandran was granted on a personal bond and sureties worth Rs.2 lakh each.
Both accused moved their applications soon after Kalmadi was granted bail. They cited the ground of parity, adding that allegations against them were not as serious as others.
They were arrested for alleged irregularities in awarding a contract for timing, scoring and result (TSR) equipment for the 2010 Games.
The CBI in its first charge sheet in the case against Kalmadi and 10 others described him as a prime accused and the mastermind in the corruption case related to financial irregularities in awarding the Rs.141 crore contract for the TSR system.
The officials and two companies were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.