2G scam: Behura’s bail plea rejected

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 18, 2011 Published on March 18, 2011

Former Telecom Secretary, Mr Siddharth Behura, arrested in connection with 2G spectrum allocation scam, being produced at Patiala House court in New Delhi (file photo) - PTI Photo   -  PTI

A Delhi court today dismissed the bail plea of former Telecom Secretary, Mr Siddharath Behura, arrested for his alleged role in 2G spectrum allocation scam, saying that instead of objecting to the wrong doings of others, he “participated in that”.

“Behura was Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and as such, he was the highest ranking official of the department. He did not object to the wrong doings of others, instead he participated in that,” Special CBI Judge, Mr O P Saini said.

The court refused bail to Mr Behura observing that he is an influential person and might tamper with the evidence or influence witnesses.

“I find merit in the submission of CBI’s prosecutor that if the accused is released on bail, he may tamper with the evidence or witnesses may not come forward to give statements, more so, when no one, including top corporates, came forward to complain against his illegal acts,” it said.

Mr Behura, arrested by the CBI on February 2 along with former Telecom Minister, Mr A Raja and his former Personal Secretary, Mr R K Chandolia, is at present in Tihar jail under judicial custody till March 31.

Published on March 18, 2011
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