HC notice to CBI on Suresh Nanda bail plea
The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice to the CBI on bail applications of arms dealer Suresh Nanda, his son Sanjeev and their chartered accountant Bipin Shah in a case of manipulating evidence on the alleged kickbacks received by him in defence deals.
Justice Rekha Sharma, issuing notice to the probe agency, asked it to file its response by April 23.
Appearing for Nandas, senior counsel Arun Jaitley submitted before the Court that all the offences, allegedly committed by the accused persons, were bailable under the Indian Penal Code.
He also submitted that there was no circumstance to establish the case against the accused.
"Preparation of offence is different from attempting to commit the offence," he said.
Jaitley also submitted that the transcripts of taped telephonic conversation among the accused, allegedly in possession of the CBI, did not corroborate the allegations.
Challenging the trial court's order of April five dismissing their bail plea, Nandas and co-accused Shah alleged that the special CBI court had wrongly noted apprehension of tampering with the evidence in the case.
Nanda, his son Sanjeev -- also an accused in the BMW hit-and-run case -- Shah and Income Tax deputy director (investigation) Ashutosh Verma are in judicial custody after their arrest by the CBI on March 8 from a Mumbai hotel.
The CBI, which allegedly recovered Rs 55 lakh from Shah's residence after their arrest, accused Nanda of bribing the IRS officer to manipulate income tax records. It also claimed to have recorded 94 telehopnic calls among them in this regard.
Nanda has been under the CBI scanner for allegedly receiving kickbacks in the Rs 1,150 crore Barak missiles system and Armoured Recovery Vehicles deal.