The man who made India a laughing stock in the world by riddling the CWG project with corruption got a bail from the court after posting a surety of 5 Lakh rupees. Kalmadi was behind bars for the past 9 months in corruption cases related to the CWG project. He was granted a bail by the Delhi High Court today.
The court also granted bail to VK Verma, who headed the OC during the period and is a co accused in the case. The court headed by Justice Mukta Gupta asked them both to furnish bonds of Rs 5 lakh each. Justice Gupta said, â€œThere is no allegation that the petitioners are likely to flee from justice and will not be available for the trial.â€
The accused were directed not to leave the country without prior permission from the court. The Justice cited the Supreme Court judgment in the 2G spectrum case where the SC had observed that â€œbail is the rule and jail is the exceptionâ€ to grant bail to the accused.
â€œThere is no allegation of money trail to the petitioners. There is also no evidence that the petitioner is threatening witnesses or interfering with evidence during investigation or trial.â€
Kalmadi had sought relief based on the Supreme Court observation, and has submitted that till date only a chargesheet has been filed in his case, and the possibility of the trial beginning in the near future was remote.
The CBI had however opposed the plea, saying that the trial court had decided in its January 4, 2011 order that once the documents had been scrutinized, the trial will be conducted on a daily basis.
The trial court in June last year rejected Kalmadi’s bail plea, after which he approached the high court.
The accused individuals and two companies in the case were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery, and booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.