SC refuses bail to Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju

The bench was in no mood to relent and said that Mr Raju, being the main accused, has the propensity to influence the witnesses and, hence, his bail cannot be granted

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the bail application of disgraced Satyam founder, Ramalinga Raju, the main accused in a multi-crore fraud case, reports PTI.

"When serious crimes are committed, people are bound to be in jail," a bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan observed.

The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Verma and BS Chauhan, was in no mood to relent and said that Mr Raju, being the main accused, has the propensity to influence the witnesses and, hence, his bail could not be granted.

It also rejected 56-year-old Mr Raju's argument that he was entitled to bail as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had already filed the third charge-sheet in the case and that he was suffering from serious health ailments like cardiac problem and hepatitis.

The bench noted, "He (Mr Raju) is also getting proper medical treatment."

Senior counsel S Andhiarjuna submitted that Mr Raju was languishing in jail since January 2009. The trial court would be required to examine 671 witnesses and peruse 1.60 lakh documents, further extending his stay in prison, he said.

He also submitted that several other accused including some senior auditors have been awarded bail and, hence, Mr Raju was entitled to the same on the principle of parity.

The bench rejected the repeated pleas of Mr Raju that the CBI should at least be given a notice on Mr Raju's bail application.

The apex court said that Mr Raju cannot be released until the main witnesses in the case are examined.

It said that Mr Raju can file an appropriate application for his bail at a later stage when all the main witnesses are examined.


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    PSUs serving no purpose: Bihar Economic Survey

    According to a an economic survey carried out in Bihar, poor turnover and constantly increasing losses are plaguing the state’s public sector units

    State-run or public sector units (PSUs) in Bihar have become white elephants and a big drain on the exchequer, says a survey, reports PTI.

    The state Economic Survey presented in the Bihar Assembly during the ongoing session presented a bleak future for the 51 government-run companies—17 working and 34 non-functioning—and suggested merger of working PSUs and immediate closure of the non-functioning units.

    The survey report said that of the 51 government companies as on March 2008, the majority lacked rigorous accountability structures.

    The report said that the total investment in the public sector as on March 2006 was Rs8,631.32 crore, comprising equity of Rs622.70 crore (7.21%) and long-term loans for Rs8,008.62 crore (2.79%). Mainly due to poor turnover and ever-increasing losses, the Bihar government has been left with no other choice but to wind up the loss-making units, the survey suggested.

    The Economic Survey report said that the four statutory corporations of the state government—Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB), Bihar State Financial Corporation (BSFC), Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) and Bihar State Warehousing Corporation (BSWC) are running at huge losses.

    The loss of BSEB increased to Rs854.61 crore in 2006-07 from Rs54.30 crore in 2004-05. "The accumulated loss of the BSEB has been increasing steeply and stands at more than Rs1,524 crore at the end of 2007-08. The return on investment has been negative and the government has paid a subsidy of more than Rs2,300 crore during the period from 2004-05 to 2006-07," the survey report said.

    The total government loans due from the Board stood at more than Rs6,200 crore as on March 2007, the Survey said.

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    Shadi Katyal

    1 decade ago

    Has any PSU served the nation at all. Are these not never ending holes where money keeps despairing and there is no productivity as well as more employees.How many such projects have any return?
    Take AirIndia,Banks,STC,MMTC,Ashoka and so on.
    It is time to get rid of such white elephants and let private sector take the responsibility

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