New Delhi: Lalit Bhanot, former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee (OC), accused in CWG scam case sought bail in a special court Thursday on the ground of parity with the accused in the 2G spectrum case.

Eleven accused of the 2G scam have been granted bail so far.

Bhanot told special CBI judge Talwant Singh, “Both the cases are related to financial irregularities and are also similar in their alleged effect on society and causing loss to the exchequer.

The grant of bail should not be applicable to the 2G scam accused only, he added.
Representing Bhanot’s case, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta mentioning the Supreme Court and the High Court judgments in the 2G case said the court had considered the seriousness of the case and then granted bail.

Ramesh Gupta said, “The court had earlier said that ‘bail is the rule and jail is the exception and that bail could not be denied to some people because of public sentiments against them’, therefore judgment should be passed equally for all.”

Lalit Bhanot has spent 280 days under the judicial custody. He was arrested earlier this year on February 23. The time period he had spent in the jail is much longer than any of the 2G scam accused who had been granted bail.

On the similar note, two others, A SV Prasad and M Jeyachandran, had also applied for bail.

JPN/Bureau