In a relief to former telecom minister A Raja’s ex-private secretary and 2G-spectrum scam accused RK Chandolia, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Delhi High Court notice questioning the bail granted to him by the trial court.
Putting in abeyance the December 2 high court order, a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Altamas Kabir sent the matter to another SC bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi that had granted bail to five corporate honchos including Unitech’s Sanjay Chandra and three senior Reliance officials.
“Since the application (of Chandolia) concerns certain set of circumstances arising out of 2G spectrum scam, which had been taken up by a bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi, we are of the view that the SLP (filed by Chandolia) be taken by the same bench,” it said.
Justice Shali, who was to hear the matter on Wednesday, posted it to January 5 in view of the developments in the SC.
Chandolia rushed to the Supreme Court after Justice VK Shali of the Delhi high court took suo motu cognizance of reports on trial court granting bail to him. The special CBI judge gave bail to Chandolia on December 1 and he left Tihat jail the same day.
A day later, Justice Shali had stayed the trial court order. He had said if Chandolia was out of jail then notice should be issued against him seeking his presence on December 7. As the matter was mentioned before Justice Kabir, HC deferred the hearing.