Mumbai: Sarobjit Singh, son of National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Buta Singh, and three others were granted bail today by a special
CBI court in a bribery case with the judge saying that if kept in jail they would become hardened criminals and may comit more serious crimes.
Special CBI judge S P Hayatnagarkar granted bail for to Sarobjit Singh, Anup Degi, Madan Solanki and Dukh Singh Chauhan on a surety of Rs one lakh each.
The judge said CBI can investigate the case without having Sarobjit and others in custody as if kept in jail further, they will become hardened criminals and may commit more serious crimes.
CBI had arrested Sarobjit on July 31 for allegedly demanding bribe of Rs one crore from Ramrao Patil, a Nashik- based businessman, for closing cases filed against Patil under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.
The judge asked all the accused to hand over their passports to the investigating officer. He also asked them to appear at CBI office -- wherever they may be living for the time being -- every day.
Ishwar and Chandan are servants of arrested accused Madan Solanki and Dukhsingh Chouhan, alleged hawala operators from Mumbai.
The CBI said that both Ishwar and Chandan are suspected to be carriers of money in pursuant to the conspiracy hatched in Delhi.
Srabjyot`s lawyer Satish Maneshinde, said the accused has a right to silence and Srabjyot does not want to answer any questions put forth by CBI.
Maneshinde alleged that CBI had threatened to falsely implicate Srabjyot`s father Buta Singh in the case if he (Srabjyot) did not confess.
He said a letter had been sent by Buta Singh to Nasik Police Commissioner alleging that the complainant, Ramrao Patil, was trying to vitiate the case registered against him in Nasik and also trying to influence it (the case) by offering gratitude to Buta`s family members.
Maneshinde also requested the court to find out whether the Nasik Police Commissioner had acted on the letter sent by Buta Singh.
Meanwhile, all the four accused, including Srabjyot, applied for bail and the court asked prosecution to file a reply by today.