Special CBI judge Swarana Kanta Sharma dismissed the bail plea of an accused, Dharmendra Kumar, in the Rs 10-crore railway bribery case, on Saturday. The CBI told the court that his release could impact the probe, which was in its initial stages.
Dharmendra and co-accused Vivek Kumar had allegedly delivered Rs 90 lakh, part of the Rs 10 crore bribe amount, to ex-railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla in Chandigarh to get a plum post for a railway board official, Mahesh Kumar.
"Arguments heard and bail application dismissed," the judge said.
Senior public prosecutor Akshay Gautam, appearing for CBI, opposed the bail plea, stating that Dharmendra was the co-conspirator in the case.
Gautam also said that the CBI investigation was in its initial stages.
He said that the two 'couriers' had gone in two separate cars, with a bag containing Rs 45 lakh, and the operation was well-planned and organised and could not have been done without their knowledge.
Dharmendra's counsel has claimed that client had no idea where he had to deliver the money, to whom and for what purpose, when they Delhi for Chandigarh.
"We would not blame the employee of a courier firm, if he is used to deliver money," the counsel said.
The CBI prosecutor, however, submitted that he would suggest to the agency that the case that could be tried under the Maharastra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
This was objected to by the defence counsel, who said that even Singla, one of the main accused, did not know who Dharmendra was.
He sought a lenient view from the judge, saying Dharmendra
had two small kids to take care of. Dharmendra's father, who works as a security guard, was also present in the court as they pleaded for mercy.
During the proceedings, the defence lawyer also sought adjournment of the matter for a few days, but the judge refused and said, "Since I have heard arguments, I will not adjourn it. I will pass orders."
Bansal's nephew Singla, close aide Ajay Garg, Mahesh Kumar, now suspended railway board member, businessman Sandeep Goyal and GG Tronics India Pvt Ltd MD, Narain Rao Manjunath, Samir Sandhir and Rahul Yadav are the other accused in the case and are in judicial custody. An accused Sushil Dagga is yet to be arrested.