After spending more than a year in the jail in 2G spectrum allocation case, the former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura was finally granted bail by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Minutes after Behura got bail, the former telecom minister and the prime accused in 2G case A Raja also moved a bail application in a Delhi court.
He was charged with conspiracy, cheating, criminal misconduct and abusing an official position in the allocation of 2G spectrum licences which were believed to be rigged.
With this only former A Raja is now languishing in the jail. All other accused including the Raja’s private secretary PK Chandolia and corporate honchos have already been granted bail.
The top court said Behura, who oversaw allocation of the licenses and bandwidth in 2008 as the senior most bureaucrat in the telecom department should provide two sureties of Rs 500,000 each for his bail.
The Supreme Court in April had asked the CBI whether it has adopted different yardsticks in opposing the bail pleas of the accused in 2G spectrum allocation case.
Behura's earlier applications for bail were rejected by the Delhi High Court and a special court set up to try the case.
"Most of your evidence is documentary. Why should he be kept in confines. He was influential in office. Now he is not in office. What influence does he have now," a bench of justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya had said adding that "on principle we are not convinced".