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Court rejects bail plea of MHA official in jacket scam case

A CBI court here on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of a senior Home Ministry official in a scam involving purchase of bullet-proof jackets for central paramilitary forces, saying the matter was of "serious nature".



New Delhi: A CBI court here on Tuesday rejected
the bail plea of a senior Home Ministry official in a scam
involving purchase of bullet-proof jackets for central
paramilitary forces, saying the matter was of "serious nature".

"Considering the serious nature of offence and
involvement of a very senior officer, I am of the considered
opinion that the accused does not deserve to be granted bail
at this stage," Additional Sessions Judge O P Saini said,
dismissing the application of Radhey Shyam Sharma.

The court allowed the plea of CBI prosecutor that this
was not the stage for grant of bail as the probe in the matter
was at a nascent stage.

Earlier, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta sought bail for
Sharma, an Indian Railway and Engineering Officer of 1984
batch, saying the accused was in judicial custody after the
CBI did not seek his custodial interrogation.

"The probe, vis-a-vis Sharma, is over. The accused is
willing to comply with any condition which could be imposed on
him as a pre-condition for grant of bail," Gupta said, adding
he was willing to cooperate with the CBI.

Sharma is accused of accepting Rs 10 lakh as bribe in
the purchase of bullet-proof jackets for central paramilitary
forces.

The MHA officer, along with R K Gupta and his wife
Laveena Gupta, both directors of a Delhi-based company
involved in production of Defence equipment, are booked under
various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption
Act dealing with giving and accepting bribe and conspiracy.

Sharma has also been charged with misconduct on the
part of a public servant.

The court on May 4 had dismissed the bail application
of Laveena.

The CBI has alleged that Laveena, along with her
husband R K Gupta, gave Rs 10 lakh as bribe to seek favours
from Sharma.

All the three accused are in judicial custody till
June 8.

PTI

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