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2 accused in Navy war room leak case get bail

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, July 5: A Delhi court today granted bail to Mukesh Bajaj and Raj Rani Jaiswal, two of the six accused in the high profile Navy war room leak case as the CBI did not file a chargesheet against them within the stipulated 90 days from the date they were produced in court.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Seema Maini granted bail to Mukesh Bajaj and Raj Rani Jaiswal, the only two civilian accused in the case, on a bond of Rs one lakh and a surety of the like amount.

On July 3, the CBI had filed a chargesheet against five persons, including Navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash's nephew Ravi Shankaran who was still absconding, in the case relating to leak of sensitive documents from highly restricted defence areas.

However, the agency did not name Bajaj and Jaiswal in the chargesheet saying it needed time for further investigation into the role played by the duo in the crime.

Others against whom a chargesheet has been filed are ex-Naval Commanders V K Jha and Bijendra Rana, besides former Wing Cdr Sambhajee L Surve, and Lt Cdr (Retd) Kulbhushan Parashar, under Sections 120 B of the IPC and the Official Secrets Act.

The six were arrested on April 6 when the agency raided 17 places across six cities.

The agency quoted 68 witnesses and 116 documents, including secret letters and mobile phone records, besides the kingston pen drive and jetflack pen drive recovered from Rana and Surve, in its chargesheet.

The chargesheet is to come up for consideration before the judge on July 10.


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