NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the CBI as to why it was opposing the bail applications of former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura while it did not take a similar stand against other accused in the 2G scam.
A Bench comprising Justice G S Singhvi and Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said, “Much of your evidence is documentary. Why should he be kept in the confines? He was influential in office. Now he is not in office. What influence does he has now?” “In principle, we are not convinced,” the Bench stated.
Aman Lekhi, senior counsel, appearing for Behura said that it is strange that the CBI is opposing his bail application while it did not do so in the case of other accused. “That is what is coming to our mind also,” Justice Singhvi remarked.
However, the Bench said that as the case was earlier heard by a Bench comprising Justice Singhvi and Justice H L Dattu, let it be placed before the same bench, which granted bail to other accused.
Now the bail applications of Chandolia and Behura would be heard by a Bench of Justice G Singhvi and Justice H L Dattu.