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5 corporate honchos sent to jail in 2G case
Delhi court dismisses their bail plea saying they might tamper with evidence

BIGWIGS in trouble

n Sanjay Chandra, MD, Unitech Wireless (TN) Ltd
n Vinod Goenka, co-promoter, Swan Telecom
n Gautam Doshi, MD, Reliance ADAG
n Surender Pipara, group president, Reliance ADAG
n Hari Nair, senior vice-president, Reliance ADAG

New Delhi, April 20
Five corporate honchos, including Unitech’s Sanjay Chandra and Reliance ADAG’s Gautam Doshi, were today arrested and sent to jail after a Delhi court dismissed their bail plea saying they might tamper with evidence and even flee to avoid prosecution in the “highest magnitude” 2G Spectrum allocation scam.

However, hours after special CBI Judge O P Saini accepted the CBI’s plea that they could also influence witnesses, they challenged the rejection of bail in the Delhi High Court which was likely to hear them tomorrow.

The decision to move the high court assumes significance as the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the progress of the case, had made it clear that no other court in the country would entertain any application or petition relating to the 2G case.

Besides Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Limited managing director Sanjay Chandra and Group MD of Reliance ADAG Gautam Doshi, the court also rejected the bail plea of co-promoter of Swan Telecom Vinod Goenka and Reliance ADAG’s Surender Pipara and Hari Nair.

“A bare perusal of the facts of the case and the allegations in the chargesheet make it out a case of the highest magnitude and gravity and there is enough incriminating material on record against the accused.” The court also dealt with the arguments of defence lawyers that they be granted bail “ipso facto” (by default) as they were not arrested during the probe.

“I am satisfied that in a case of this magnitude, non-arrest of the accused by the police (CBI) is of no consequence and the bail is to be considered as per the facts and circumstances of the case,” the Special Judge, appointed exclusively to deal with the 2G case, said.

“In such cases, the non-arrest of the accused and issuance of the summons by the court for their appearance are not of much consequence,” Special CBI Judge OP Saini said in his 42-page order. The court concurred with CBI’s apprehension that the accused might tamper with the evidence “by trying to win over witnesses. — PTI





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