A city court on Wednesday extended the police custody of Micromax co-founder Rajesh Agarwal,his partner Manish Tuli and five others,including officials of the North Municipal Corporation,who are accused in the cash-for-clearance scam. The custody is for a period of five days till
Two others in the case have been sent to judicial custody.
On August 7,CBI arrested Agarwal,Tuli and middleman Rajesh Gupta for bribing North corporation officials for getting a clearance to construct a banquet hall in Wazirpur industrial area. They also arrested three beldars,for accepting bribes on behalf of the engineers,and the driver of the vehicle in which they were trying to flee. On Tuesday,the CBI arrested two more corporation engineers,M K Gupta and Rakesh Wadhwa,who were hiding in a hotel in Jaipur,and recovered a stash of cash from the room.
On Wednesday,the CBI submitted transcripts of intercepted conversations as proof before the court and said they intended to arrange a confrontation between the recently arrested engineers and the rest of the accused in order to make further breakthrough in the case.
There are many evading arrests in the case…the tapes have revealed the names of other officials in the scam…and the fact that the bribe amount was to be distributed between the officials, the prosecution counsel told the court.
According to the prosecution,the arrests,intercepted conversations and recovery of over Rs 1 crore show that there is a larger conspiracy in the case for which further interrogation of the accused in police custody is necessary.
The defence counsel contested the prosecutions application on the ground that the accused would be compelled to incriminate themselves in police custody.
Confronting the accused with one another….or the exercise of showing transcripts of intercepted conversation….. and extracting information if they are involved in the scam or not is untenable in law and not admissible as evidence, Vikas Pahawa,defence counsel in the case told the court.
However,the prosecution counsel assured the court that the police would follow due procedure while conducting interrogations during police custody.
The court sent the driver of the vehicle and a corporation employee to be judicial custody till August 27.