2G: Apex court grants bail to Behura (Lead)

May 9th, 2012 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday granted bail to former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, who is currently in judicial custody, for his alleged involvement in the 2G scam.

The court said that Behura would be released on furnishing a personal bond of Rs.10 lakh along with a surety of Rs.5 lakh.

Behura, along with former telecom minister A. Raja and Raja’s former secretary R.K. Chandolia, was arrested Feb 2, 2011.

The former telecom secretary had challenged the Dec 16, 2011 order of the Delhi High Court rejecting his bail plea.

An apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice H.L. Dattu also set aside the high court order taking suo motu cognizance of newspaper reports and cancelling the bail granted to Chandolia by the Central Bureau of Investigation special court here.

The high court order could not be acted upon as Chandolia was released before the order could have been made effective.

While cancelling the bail of Chandolia, the high court said that its order cancelling the bail should not be enforced if he had already been released.

Chandolia was granted bail by the CBI special court Dec 1, 2011. The next day, the high court stayed the bail. On Dec 7, the apex court imposed curbs on the high court’s order against his bail.

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