New Delhi: Bail pleas of two former Navy
Commanders, accused in 2006 Naval war room leak case, were
on Monday opposed in the Delhi High Court by the CBI which said
they cannot claim benefit of delay in the trial as one of them
had taken several adjournments in the lower court.
"So far as the issue of delay is concerned, it is not a
ground for the bail as the delay, if any, has been caused by
the accused (former naval Commander Kulbushan Parashar)
himself," the counsel for CBI told Justice V K Shali.
The CBI referred to a list of dates relating to the trial
court proceedings, contending that Parashar had sought
adjournments on the ground that he was to move the apex court
for some clarifications in the case.
"Parashar took adjournments in the lower court on the
ground that he will seek clarifications on an earlier Supreme
Court direction, passed on August 24, 2009, that the trial
judge will not pronounce the final judgement till the pendency
of the plea before it," it said.
The agency said the accused cannot claim parity with
those enlarged on bail as there was a distinction between the
accused who had access to secret information and those who
passed them on.
Parashar and Vijender Rana, sacked Naval Commander, had
moved their bail applications on various grounds including
parity as other accused have been granted bail in the case.
The accused have also said that they are in jail for
nearly six years without any trial as charges have not been
framed yet in the case.
The advancement of arguments remained inconclusive and
would continue on March 7.