A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to six accused, including four corporate executives and a former journalist, arrested in connection with the leak of documents from the Petroleum Ministry.
Additional Sessions Judge Gurdeep Singh Saini granted bail to Shailesh Saxena of Reliance Industries Ltd, Vinay Kumar of Essar, Rishi Anand of Reliance ADAG, Cairns India’s K K Nayak, former journalist Santanu Saikia and Virender, employed as a casual worker in Defence Ministry.
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The conditional bail has been enlarged on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 with one surety of the like amount.
The bail order comes in the case where the crime branch of Delhi police on February 20 had arrested five corporate executives alleging that they paid accused Lalta Prasad and Rakesh Kumar for procuring classified documents for them.
During the arguments on bail plea, the defence counsels appearing for the accused executives told the court that they were seeking relief on ground of parity as a co-accused, Jubilant Energy’s Subhash Chandra, has already been granted bail.
The six accused argued that allegations against them were quite similar to that of Chandra and added that the Official Secrets Act has not been slapped against them.
Opposing the bail pleas, police had said that some confidential documents were recovered from the possession of the accused.
In the present case, the Crime Branch has chargesheeted 13 accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 457 (trespass), 380 (theft), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine forged documents) read with 120-B (criminal conspiracy).