Court defers orders on Raja’s bail plea till May 15

New Delhi, May 11(ANI): The verdict on the highly anticipated bail plea filed by former Telecom Minister and key accused in the multi- crore 2G spectrum scam, A Raja was deferred till May 15 by a special Delhi court on Friday.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), represented by its counsel A.K. Singh, expectedly opposed the plea while, Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Raja, said that they had sought relief on grounds that all the other co-accused in the case had been granted bail.

Raja had on Wednesday filed a bail application in the court,-his first since his arrest in February 2011- hours after it granted bail to former telecom secretary Siddharth Behrua.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini had directed the CBI to file its response, if any, on Raja’s bail plea today.

Raja, in his plea, had contended that he is “innocent” and the case against him is “false and fabricated”.

The DMK MP had filed the bail plea on the ground of parity with other 13 accused who all have been granted the relief by the Supreme Court, the Delhi High Court and the special court trying the case.

Raja had filed the application soon after former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, who was arrested along with him on 2nd February last year, was granted bail by the Supreme Court.

Raja, in his bail plea, had contended that he is “innocent” and the case against him is “false and fabricated”.

Besides Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, Behura, Raja’s former private secretary R K Chandolia , Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Limited MD Sanjay Chandra and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group executives Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair are facing trial in the case.

Nineteen individuals were accused in the multi- crore scam of which, 14 were arrested. Notably, all except Raja are out on bail. (ANI)