HC stays bail to ex-UP CS

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New Delhi, Oct 22 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today stayed the bail granted to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Akhand Pratap Singh in a disproportionate assets case.

Justice V B Gupta ordered a stay on the bail granted to the former Uttar Pradesh bureaucrat. A lower court had granted bail to Singh ordering his release from Tihar jail today.

However, the CBI decided to take action. Thus, Additional Solicitor General P C Malhotra, appearing on behalf of the CBI, challenged the lower court order.

He submitted that the investigation was yet to conclude. Besides, Singh had held top executive post in a state, which had provided him with contacts good enough to significantly tamper with the evidences.

This would mislead the investigation, Mr Malhotra added. Hence the bail should be cancelled.

Singh's counsel submitted before the court that he was ready to stay as far away from the evidences as ordered by the court.

He also expressed desire to stay in the far flung areas of the country.

However, Justice Gupta stayed the bail. He would again hear the matter tomorrow.

According to the corruption case registered against Singh in 2005, he had acquired as many as 84 immovable properties in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand worth more than Rs five crore.

Singh also faces case for forging the signatures of his father and a friend in order to transfer the properties and routing financial transactions through several fictitious bank accounts.

UNI

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