HC grants bail to Akhand Pratap

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today granted bail to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Akhand Pratap Singh in a disproportionate assets case.

Justice V B Gupta said," nothing is on record to show that he tried to tamper with evidence after the lower courts order,". The court rejected CBIs opposition to the bail petition.

"If evidence were tampered with after his release on bail, the CBI would be at liberty to approach the trial court for cancellation of bail," Justice Gupta said after vacating the stay order on Singhs bail.

The Court had earlier stayed the bail granted to the former bureaucrat on October 22 when he was to be released.

Vehemently opposing the bail petition, the CBI contended that the lower court had neglected the relevant aspects of the investigation while pronouncing the judgement on the basis of irrelevant points.

"The investigations are still going on and Singh's release at this stage would hamper the investigations. Let me complete the investigations first and file chargesheet. After that he might be released on bail," Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra had said, arguing for the CBI.

Appearing for Singh senior Advocate U U Lalit had refuted all the allegations and contended that his client was sent to police custody for 15 days which was sufficient for any interrogation.

The trial court had granted bail to Akhand Pratap Singh on October 18 against furnishing a personal bond of Rs two lakh and a surety of a similar amount.

Singh was arrested on September 25. He has allegedly acquired as many as 92 immovable properties in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand which were worth over Rs five crore.


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