New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura, arrested for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam.

"The bail application is dismissed," Justice Ajit Bharihoke said.

"Prima facie involvement of petitioner (Behura) in the conspiracy to cause undue advantage to Swan Telecom Private Limited is apparent," the court said.

"This gives a glimpse of the quantum of monetary gain caused to Swan Telecom by the petitioner in conspiracy with other public servants," the court said while detailing the entire transaction involving allocation of spectrum licence.

"In view of the above, looking into the huge monetary gain caused to Swan Telecom Private Limited and the gravity of the offence, I do not deem it a fit case for admitting the petitioner on bail, particularly when the trial is yet to commence," the judge said.

The high court had reserved its order on July 21, after hearing detailed arguments from both the sides, the CBI and the defence, on Behura's bail plea.

A Delhi court had rejected Behura's bail plea on June 4, on the grounds of "enormity" of allegations and fears that he might influence witnesses.

Challenging the order of the trial court, Behura had moved the Delhi High court seeking bail.

He had submitted before the court that he was being falsely implicated by the probe agency though he had no role in allotment of spectrum. Balwa mentioned to the court the plight of other accused in Tihar jail.

"With access to better lawyers, we are still better placed. There are others in the jail, who are in much worse shape," Balwa told the judge.

About the 2G case he said clause 8 of the Unified Access Services Licence guidelines is applicable only to a licencee and not to an applicant and as such Swan was not ineligible.

"The only question is we were eligible or not and this question is based on clause 8. Everything else other than this is bogus and CBI is merely going on a wild goose chase," said Balwa, terming CBI as "Central Bureau of Imagination."

Former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura also told the judge that he can call for his ACR and see that "I am a man of unimpeachable integrity. Till date I have maintained that."

He also reiterated that all decisions were taken before he joined the ministry.

Reliance ADAG Group Managing Director Gautam Doshi, Senior Vice President Hari Nair and Group President Surendra Pipara sought to point out to the court that the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has in its report clearly stated that Tiger Traders Private Limited (TTPL) is not an associate of Reliance Telecom Limited (RTL), but the report has not been provided to the court by the CBI.

There is no share holding or even Rs one transaction among RTL, RCL and TTPL, they said. Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar referred to the third charge sheet which is yet to be filed by the CBI in the court.

He said while they were languishing in jail for the past several months after their arrest, there were other accused, who were yet to charge-sheeted.

(Agencies)