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CWG scamster's bail plea reserved

The Delhi high court on Tuesday reserved its order on the bail plea of A K Reddy, who was arrested for alleged lapses in a Rs141 crore contract for timing, scoring and result equipment for the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

Justice Mukta Gupta reserved the order after counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Reddy concluded their respective arguments.

Reddy, an official of Hyderabad-based company, A K R Construction, is the only accused in the case still lodged in the Tihar Jail. All others, including the CWG Organising Committee's former chief Suresh Kalmadi, have got bail.

Seeking bail on the ground of parity, Reddy pleaded that main accused Kalmadi and other accused were released on bail.

He told the court that the alleged role attributed to him was insignificant in comparison to other accuseds like Kalmadi.

Reddy's petition said: 'All co-accused against whom more serious and grave allegations are alleged by the CBI have been released on regular bail. On the ground of parity, there is no impediment in enlarging me on regular bail on just conditions.'

The chargesheet did not disclose that he had conspired or was in any way involved in the alleged conspiracy with any of the organising committee members or even the other accused, Reddy's lawyer contended.

'The chargesheet does not allege that any demand was made by any of the accused or even that the applicant had, in fact, in pursuance of the demand handed over any such gratification,' said the petition.

It was also contended by Reddy's counsel that his client must be allowed bail as he had never tried to influence the witnesses.

'All the witnesses who have deposed against the petitioner were examined between February-April 2011, therefore, there is no way the petitioner can influence the witnesses or their statement,' said the petition.

Reddy moved court after the special court hearing the case rejected his bail plea on 16 February.

The accused officials and two companies were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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