Delhi High Court on Thursday granted bail to former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairperson Suresh Kalmadi on the surety of Rs 5 lakhs.
Besides Kalmadi, former OC director general V K Verma, who is also an accused in the case pertaining to the mega-sporting event held, was also granted bail by the high court.
Kalmadi was arrested April 26 last year for his alleged role in awarding the contract for installing the Timing-Scoring-Result system to Swiss Times Omega at an exorbitant cost of Rs 141 crore, allegedly causing a loss of over Rs 95 crore to the public excheque.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had opposed the bail of the two accused.
Kalmadi and Verma moved the court for bail on the observation of the Supreme Court in the 2G case that “bail should be the rule and jail an exception”.
The trial court in June last year rejected Kalmadi’s bail plea, after which he approached the high court.
The accused individuals and two companies in the case were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery, and booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.