New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday dismissed
the bail applications of two former Commonwealth Games
Organising Committee officials and extended their judicial
custody by 14 days.
Special CBI judge A S Yadav declined to release the
accused T S Darbari and M Jayachandran, close aides of OC
chairman Suresh Kalmadi, while allowing the CBI`s plea that
the charges against them were grave and the probe was still at
the initial stage.
The court meanwhile, sent Darbari, Jayachandran and
another accused Sanjay Mahendroo till judicial custody
Darbari and Mahendroo were arrested on November 15.
Jaychandran is in custody since November 21. Mahendroo has so
far not filed the bail application.
During the arguments CBI had opposed their bail plea
contending that the matter was at an initial stage of
investigation and the probe agency was yet to record the
statements of witnesses.
"We are against the bail plea of the accused in view
of the fact that the probe is still at the initial stage and
considering the gravity of the offences. We are yet to record
the statement of witnesses, including oral testimony," the CBI
prosecutor had told Special Judge A S Yadav.
The prosecutor was replying to the bail arguments of
the counsel of Darbari and Jayachandran, who are facing
charges of causing losses to the state exchequer in award of
contract to the tune of Rs 1.55 crore with regard to Queen`s
Baton Relay (QBR) in London before the mega event.
Both the accused had sought their release on bail
stating that they were no longer required for investigation.
They claimed innocence in the case contending that
they on their own had not finalised any contract and it was
the decision of a high-powered committee.
They had also submitted that they were not in a
position to tamper with the evidence or influence the
witnesses as the probe agency had already seized various
documents and computers from their offices.