While granting them bail, justice Mukta Gupta directed them to furnish before the trial court a bail bond of Rs5 lakh each and two sureties of the like amount. Justice Gupta said, “There is no allegation that the petitioners are likely to flee from justice and will not be available for the trial”
New Delhi: After remaining behind bars for nearly nine months, former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi was on Thursday granted bail by the Delhi High Court in a 2010 Games-related graft case, reports PTI.
The court also granted bail to OC former director general and co-accused V K Verma.
While granting them bail, justice Mukta Gupta directed them to furnish before the trial court a bail bond of Rs5 lakh each and two sureties of the like amount.
Justice Gupta said, “There is no allegation that the petitioners are likely to flee from justice and will not be available for the trial.”
The court directed them not to leave the country without prior permission of the trial court.
Mr Kalmadi was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation CBI on 25 April 2011 while Mr Verma was arrested on 23 February 2011 in the Timing, Scoring and Result (TSR) system scam.
While allowing their plea for bail which cited Supreme Court’s judgement in 2G spectrum case wherein it was held that “bail is rule and jail is exception”, justice Gupta said, “There 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.”
Mr Kalmadi had moved the high court in January, seeking bail citing the Supreme Court’s judgement in the second generation (2G) spectrum case and said it has been held that “bail is rule and jail is exception”.
Mr Kalmadi said only a charge-sheet has been filed against him and there was remote possibility of commencement of the trial in the near future.
The CBI had, however, opposed the bail pleas of Mr Kalmadi and Mr Verma and referred to the trial court’s 4th January order submitting that it has been decided that the case would be heard on a day-to-day basis soon after scrutiny of documents.
It had also said that there was nothing new in the “bail-is-rule-and-jail-an-exception” remark of the apex court while granting bail in the 2G case.
Mr Kalmadi, MR Verma and nine others have been accused of allegedly awarding a contract to a Swiss firm to install a TSR system for the Games at an exorbitant rate, causing a loss of over Rs90 crore to the state exchequer.
The CBI had in its charge-sheet filed in May 2011 described Mr Kalmadi as main accused in the case.
Besides Mr Kalmadi and MR Verma, others who are accused in the TSR scam include OC former secretary general Lalit Bhanot, OC director general (procurement) Surjit Lal, joint director general (sports) ASV Prasad, treasurer M Jayachandran, managing director AK Reddy of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions and promoters AK Madan and PD Arya of a Faridabad-based firm Gem International.
Two companies AKR Constructions and Swiss Timing are also accused in the case.
The Special CBI court had on 23 May 2011 given a go-ahead for their prosecution under various provisions of the IPC dealing with criminal conspiracy, forging documents and using fake documents as genuine and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The contract was illegally awarded to Swiss Timing which further sub-contracted it to Gem International. Gem International then sub-let the TSR work to AKR Constructions.
Experts feel that the decline in food inflation, along with moderation in headline inflation during December 2011, will be a major incentive for the RBI to look at the option of cuts in key interest rates in the near future
New Delhi: Food inflation remained in the negative zone for the third straight week, at (-) 0.42% for the week ended 7th January, mainly due to fall in prices of onion and vegetables, reports PTI.
Food inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), was at (-) 2.90% in the previous week. It was above 16% in the corresponding week of 2011.
According to the official data released today, onion prices were lower steeply by 75.42% year-on-year during the week under review, while potato prices were down by 23.84%. Prices of wheat also fell by 3.57%.
Overall, vegetables were 45.81% cheaper during the week under review than in the same period last year.
Other food products, led by protein-based items, became more expensive on an annual basis.
Pulses prices were 14.27% higher during the week under review, while milk grew dearer by 11.48%. Eggs, meat and fish prices were up 19.64% year-on-year.
Fruits also became 10.03% more expensive on an annual basis, while cereal prices were up 2.26%.
Inflation in the overall primary articles category stood at 2.47% during the week ended 7th January, against 0.51% in the previous week. Primary articles have a weightage of over 20% in the wholesale price index.
Experts feel that the decline in food inflation, along with moderation in headline inflation during December 2011, will be a major incentive for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to look at the option of cuts in key interest rates in the near future.
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