Jacket scam: Bail plea of woman accused dismissed
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 18:38
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday dismissed the bail application of the sole woman accused in the bullet-proof jacket purchase scam case saying the investigation was still in initial stage.

Additional Sessions judge O P Saini dismissed Laveena Gupta's application saying the investigation was still in initial stage and it would not be appropriate to allow her bail plea.

Earlier, Laveena, one of the directors of the Anjani Technoclass Ltd, sought the bail on the ground of being a woman and said over 350 employees, working with the firm, have been "rendered orphan" due to closure of work in the factory engaged in production of defence equipment.

However, CBI opposed the plea saying the investigation was at an initial stage and freeing the accused on bail will adversely affect the case.

It also contended the case was sensitive as it pertained to a scam in connection with the jackets to be used by para-military forces.

CBI had alleged Laveena, along with her husband R K Gupta, gave Rs 10 lakh as bribe to seek favour from a senior Home Ministry official Radhey Shyam Sharma.

The court had on May one sent Sharma and two others, including Laveena's husband, to 14 days of judicial custody as the probe agency did not press for their further custodial interrogation in the case.

Sharma, an Indian Railway and Engineering Officer of 1984 batch, is accused of accepting Rs 10 lakh as bribe in the purchase of bullet-proof jackets for central paramilitary forces.

Sharma, Gupta and his wife Laveena are booked under various penal provisions dealing with giving and accepting bribe and conspiracy. Sharma has also been charged with misconduct on the part of a public servant.

According to CBI, the MHA official allegedly developed a "nexus" with some private firms, including that owned by the Gupta duo, involved in the supply of 59,000 bullet-proof jackets for paramilitary forces.


First Published: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 18:38

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