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2G scam case: Chandolia, Raja’s personal secretary gets bail

New Delhi, Dec 2 (): RK Chandolia, former Telecom Minister A Raja’s personal secretary, an accused in the 2G case, was yesterday granted bail by a Delhi court, after spending 10 months in jail. He was arrested in February for his alleged role in the telecom scam.

RK Chandolia is on trial along with Mr Raja and 13 others for charges that range from criminal conspiracy. The court accepted Chandolia’s plea that he was not in a position to furnish bail bonds for Rs. 5 lakh and two sureties for a like amount (in all Rs.15 lakh). The court has ordered him to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 3 lakh, with two sureties for a similar sum and he have to be present in all hearings of the case.

Chandolia got bail despite CBI’s objection against his release. He has been given bail on the ground that there was no parity between him and the other accused who were already granted bail.

The Delhi court said that his case “cannot be equated” with that of former Telecom Minister A Raja and former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, now left in judicial custody in the case.

The special judge, in his five-page order, has stated that Chandolia has been in jail for 10 months after he was arrested on February 2 and his “further incarceration” would not serve any purpose.

Chandolia was only private secretary to the then minister and did not have any independent powers of his own. “A. Raja was the political head of the Department of Telecommunications, whereas Siddhartha Behura was its administrative head. As such, with due respect, his case cannot be equated with these two accused,” Mr. Saini wrote in his order.

Twelve accused, including Chandolia, have been granted bail so far by various courts.

Earlier, Behura had sought his release on the ground of “parity” as others have been granted bail by the court and the SC. CBI opposed his bail plea in 2G case in the Delhi High Court, saying complicity of public servants should be viewed “seriously” and if he is released, ex-minister A Raja may also seek the same relief on grounds of parity.