A special court in the Patiala House Courts complex on Tuesday extended the interim bail of Rakesh Mohan,Principal Secretary (Education) with the Delhi government,who has been chargesheeted by the CBI.
Mohans bail has been extended up to December 7,when arguments on charges will begin. The case against him dates back to 2007,when he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Delhi Jal Board.
The CBI had alleged that Kaveri Infrastructure Private Limited picked up part of the tab of Mohans foreign trips in 2005 amounting to Rs 5.7 lakh of a total of Rs 12 lakh. This,the CBI alleges,was done through Travel Planners Private Limited,a travel agency.
In return for the favour,Mohan allegedly facilitated the award of a tender worth Rs 35.84 lakh to KIPL. The tender,floated on November 9,2004,involved re-laying and renovation of pipelines. According to the CBI,the tender was inflated.
Special Judge Dharmesh Sharma also extended the interim bail of KIPL chairman Vijay Kumar Kataria,managing director Sushil Kumar Mehta and former director Raj Kumar Dudeja.
The plea (of the CBI) that the accused are likely to influence the witnesses does not carry any weight… In the totality of facts and circumstances of the case,the earlier order dated October 17,2011,granting interim bail to the accused persons (is) to continue till further orders, the judge said,dictating the order.
The court,in an earlier order,had granted interim bail to the accused on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 50,000 with a surety each of the like amount,stating that they were not arrested during the investigation.
The CBI had filed the chargesheet on September 12. Apart from visits to London and Washington DC with his family members in 2005,Mohan also visited London in 2004 accompanied by six other DJB officials. Though the trip was sponsored by the KPIL,defence counsels contended that the trip was approved by the government.
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