A Delhi court on Tuesday fixed July 12 for pronouncing its order on the bail pleas of former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla and five others, arrested for their alleged involvement in the Rs 10-crore railway bribery scam.
Special CBI judge Swarana Kanta Sharma, who was scheduled to give her order on Tuesday on the bail applications of accused Singla, Rahul Yadav, Sameer Sandhir and Sushil Daga, deferred it for July 12.
The court also reserved its order for the same day on the bail pleas of businessman Sandeep Goyal and the managing director of Bangalore-based GG Tronics India Pvt Ltd Narayan Rao Manjunath.
The counsel appearing for Manjunath claimed that his client had been falsely implicated and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had claimed that a part of the alleged bribe amount was procured by the accused through hawala transactions, but there was no proof to substantiate it.
Singla's counsel had said that the alleged bribe money recovered by the CBI was part of a business transaction.
He had also said that the CBI was relying on some intercepted telephonic conversations, but since the same had been procured illegally, they could not be relied upon to show that the money recovered from him was illegal gratification.
The CBI rebutted his argument, saying that the conversations had not been intercepted illegally.
During arguments on the bail pleas of Yadav, Sandhir and Daga, their lawyer had said that the CBI was falsely implicating them and they were not involved in the "principal conspiracy" in the case.
The counsel had questioned the CBI's move of making Bansal a prosecution witness in the case, saying that the person who should have been made an accused has been set free.
"The day when you (CBI) made Bansal a witness in this case, this court should have discharged all the accused. In which direction is the investigation going? They (CBI) are implicating these poor persons (Yadav, Sandhir and Daga) and the person who should have been made accused is set free," he had said.
The CBI, in its chargesheet filed on July 2 against the 10 accused, including Singla, had made the former union railway minister a prosecution witness.
The CBI, however, had opposed their pleas, saying that they were part of the entire conspiracy and would influence the prosecution witnesses if released on bail.
The court had on Tuesday granted bail to alleged middleman Ajay Garg, accused of being instrumental in fixing the bribe amount for getting a favourable post for then Railway Board member (staff) Mahesh Kumar, who is also an accused in the case.
The court released Garg on bail, saying that at this stage it was not clear whether he would have benefited in case Mahesh Kumar would have got the posting of his choice.
The court had on July 4 taken cognisance of the CBI's chargesheet in which the agency has alleged that Singla had demanded Rs 10 crore from Kumar for his appointment to the post of member (electrical) and it was decided between the accused that Rs 5 crore will be paid before the appointment and the rest after the job was done.
The first tranche of Rs 89.68 lakh was allegedly given to Singla, who was arrested in Chandigarh while accepting the money, it has said.
The CBI had filed its chargesheet against 10 accused Kumar, Singla, Manjunath, Garg, Goyal, Yadav, Sandhir, Daga, CV Venugopal and MV Murali Krishan.
Venugopal and Krishnan were not arrested by the CBI during the investigation.