A local court on Friday rejected the bail of a businessman, arrested for his alleged role in a corruption case involving award of a contract to upgrade the city’s street lighting before the 2010 Commonwealth Games to his firm.
Special CBI Judge Pradeep Chaddah rejected the bail plea of JP Singh, the director of Sweska Powertech Engineering Pvt. Ltd, which was allegedly illegally awarded the contract, and this led to a loss of Rs 1.42 crore to the exchequer.
The court noted his earlier bail plea too had been rejected in July 2011 and that there had been no change of circumstances to warrant him bail now. Singh was denied bail as the court was of the opinion that “he was a man of means having 70 employees working under him and so he would try every trick to thwart the course of justice”.
The court rejected the contention of Singh's counsel PK Dubey that the CBI had initially estimated the loss at Rs 3.62 crore but in the final chargesheet the loss was scaled down to Rs 1.42 crore, which can be considered a change in circumstances.
"R1.42 crore is not a small figure. None of the public servants/conspirators would have earned even half of this amount as legitimate salary for their entire career," the court said.
Singh, along with Sweska's director TP Singh, MCD Superintendent Engineer DK Sugan, Executive Engineer OP Mahala, Accountant Raju V and civic body's tender clerk Gurcharan Singh are accused of corruption in upgradation of the city's street lighting system before the 2010 games.
The court had on March 12 framed charges against Singh and others for criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the IPC and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.