NEW DELHI: The bail pleas of Commonwealth Games OC general secretary Lalit Bhanot and four others were on Wednesday dismissed by a CBI court.
Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh dismissed the bail pleas of joint director general Sports A S V Prasad, CWG OC’s former director general procurement Surjit Lal and former treasurer M Jaychandran and Hyderabad-based AKR constructions promoter A K Reddy. The five have been accused of corruption in a Commonwealth Games related case. The court has also decided to hold day-to-day proceedings in the case. The judge said the case would be taken up on a day-to-day basis following the completion of scrutiny of documents in the case. Responding to advocates concerns of a clash with the 2G spectrum case hearings, Singh said a reasonable time would be given to advocates to adjust their schedules accordingly. “You have to adjust what else can be done...it is not a matter smaller than the 2G case. I have requested the Delhi High Court for reducing the burden of this court. It will be finally decided by the high court but this case will be heard on day-to-day basis,” the judge said.
The five CWG scam accused had sought bail claiming parity of their situations with the accused in the 2G case.
Counsel for Bhanot -- who was arrested in February 2011 -- said both CWG and 2G are related to allegations of financial irregularities and are also similar in their alleged effect on society and loss to exchequer. The CBI filed its first chargesheet against sacked CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others in May 2011.