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Jan 19, 2012 at 04:31pm IST

CWG scam: Delhi HC grants Suresh Kalmadi on a surety of 5 lakh

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday granted bail to former Commonewealth Games (CWG) OC Chief Suresh Kalmadi on a surety of Rs 5 lakh after nine months who is an accused in the case pertaining to the mega-sporting event held in New Delhi in 2010.

The HC also granted bail to former director general of CWG VK Verma.

Kalmadi, Verma and nine others have been accused of allegedly awarding a contract to a Swiss firm to install a Timing-Scoring-Result (TSR) system for the Games at an exorbitant rate, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the state exchequer.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh commented on Kalmadi's bail and said, "Bail is the right of every accused. If a chargesheet has been filed and investigations are complete, then it is the right of every accused to get a bail."

Kalmadi had earlier moved the High Court seeking bail citing the Supreme Court's judgement in 2G spectrum case and said it has been held that "bail is rule and jail is exception".

The CBI, however, opposed the bail pleas of Kalmadi and Verma saying the trial is to begin soon and would be held on a day-to-day basis.

The CBI alleged Kalmadi was the key accused in the case.

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