The CBI on Nov 30 had opposed the bail plea of Chandolia on the grounds that the principal of parity did not work on him as he was a public servant compared to others who were private persons, hence were granted bail.
Special Public Prosecutor UU Lalit said that Chandolia, who is a suspended Indian Economic Services officer, A Raja, and former Telecom Secretary and Siddharth Behura were part of the “core sector" of the criminal conspiracy in the spectrum allocation case and hence were on a “different footing."
“It would be unrealistic to draw parity with those released on bail," he had said.
Chandolia was arrested along with A Raja and Behura on Feb 2 for allegedly using their power to manipulate the tendering process so as to benefit certain telecom companies in getting licenses.
The charges against A Raja, Chandolia and Behura include criminal charges of breach of trust by a public servant with a punishment of life time imprisonment or imprisonment that could go up to 10 years.