The Delhi High Court has issued notices to CBI on the bail plea of two officials of a private construction firm in a corruption case in which two senior NHAI officials are also accused.
"Issue notice to the CBI and list the matter for hearing on June 11," a Bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna said while taking up the bail applications of accused, K S Bakshi and S K Dixit.
Besides Bakshi, Managing Director of Oriental Structure Pvt Ltd, and his employee Dixit, NHAI Chief General Manager SK Nirmal and General Manager Nitin Jain were also remanded to 14 days' judicial custody on May 31 by the lower court when they were produced on the conclusion of their five-day-long custodial interrogation in the case.
The accused filed fresh bail applications after the lower court, on May 31, dismissed their plea saying "the investigation was at initial stage and considering the gravity of the offence, the accused do not deserve to be released on bail at this stage".
The accused National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials, so far, have not filed bail applications.
"CBI have recovered Rs 2.41 crore and Rs 46 lakhs, that too in cash, from NHAI officials Nitin Jain and S K Nirmal," the prosecutor had said.
It is on record that NHAI officials abused their official position to help the private firm in emerging winner in the bid process relating construction work, he said.
Emails were sent by the NHAI officials prior to the start of bidding process and the bidding time was reduced by 10 days which resulted into exclusion of four construction firms, CBI had said in the FIR.
The agency has alleged that the officers entered into a criminal conspiracy with the MD of the private firm and favoured it in bagging contracts for a project in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
The NHAI officials gave key confidential, strategic and vital information to the company during the tendering process, which in turn helped it gain greater financial benefits, it alleged.
Besides the cash, CBI also claimed to have recovered 360 grams of gold and five kilograms of silver from the bank locker of one of the accused.