Bail granted to four in graft case involving ex-CLB member
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 22:29
  
New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday granted bail to four persons who are accused in a graft case in which former acting chairperson of Company Law Board R Vasudevan allegedly took a bribe of Rs seven lakh for passing a favourable order in a case.

"The accused persons are granted bail on furnishing of a personal and two surety bonds of Rs 50,000 each," Special CBI Judge A S Yadav said.

Those granted bail are Atul Maheswari, Harshvardhan Lodha, Vikas Shukla and Ankur Chawla. The court asked them not to influence prosecution witnesses and leave the country without its prior permission.

The court has fixed the matter for January 6 for supplying the copy of the chargesheet and other documents, to be relied upon by CBI, to the accused.

Other two accused Vasudevan and Manoj Kumar Banthia, a company secretary of a vernacular daily, were granted bail earlier in the case.

Earlier, the court had issued summons against the six accused after taking cognizance of the chargesheet.

The accused have been charged under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act, criminal conspiracy and giving and accepting bribe.

Initially, three persons, including Vasudevan and Banthia, were named as accused in the FIR which was lodged on November 23, last year.

Names of the other three cropped up during subsequent investigation.

"The then Member, Company Law Board, New Delhi was caught red handed by CBI while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs seven lakhs from the Company Secretary at his official residence on November 23, 2009," the chargesheet said.

Banthia was also allegedly caught while delivering the illegal gratification. The CLB member had allegedly demanded the gratification to give favourable orders in a case being presided over by him," it said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 22:29


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