CWG scam: HC issues notice to CBI on Kalmadi`s bail plea

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the CBI`s response on the bail plea of sacked CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi in a Games-related scam case, who cited the Supreme Court ruling that bail should be the rule and jail an exception.

Justice Mukta Gupta issued notice to the probe agency and sought its reply on Kalmadi`s bail plea by January 6.

Kalmadi`s counsel sought bail, claiming that his custody is no more required in the case as the CBI on November 3 has informed the trial court that investigation is complete.

Senior counsel Sushil Kumar, appearing for Kalmadi, said that his client is in custody since April 26 and charge sheet has also been filed. He said the trial would take a long time as a foreign firm, Swiss Timing Omega, is also an accused in the case and it has not yet appeared before the court.

The counsel sought that the court hear the bail plea in December, saying it need not go into the merits of the case basing on the Supreme Court ruling, while granting bail to five accused in the 2G case, that bail is the rule and jail is an exception.

However, Justice Gupta, said, "Merits of each case have to be looked into" and fixed January 6 as the next date of hearing.

Kalmadi was arrested on April 26 for his alleged role in awarding the contract for installing the Timing-Scoring-Result (TSR) system to Swiss Times Omega at an exorbitant cost of Rs 141 crore, allegedly causing a loss of over Rs 95 crore to the public exchequer.

CBI had filed its first charge sheet against Kalmadi and ten others on May 20, describing him as main accused in the corruption case, involving the award of TSR system contract to the Swiss firm.

PTI

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