New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to three MCD officials, arrested for their alleged roles in a corruption case involving award of a contract to a firm for upgrading the city's street lighting before the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Special CBI Judge Pradeep Chaddah released on bail MCD Superintendent Engineer D K Sugan, Executive Engineer O P Mahla and civic body's tender clerk Gurcharan Singh on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each along with one surety of the same amount.

The three along with others have been accused of causing a loss of nearly Rs 1.43 crore to the exchequer in illegal award of the contract to Delhi-based firm, Sweka Powertech Engineers Pvt Ltd.

"Keeping in mind the fact that the two co-accused have been enlarged on bail and the present accused are in custody for nearly a year, it would be in fitness of the things to enlarge the accused on bail.

"Let accused D K Sugan, O P Mahla and Gurcharan Singh be released on bail on furnishing personal bond in sum of Rs 1 lakh with one surety each in the like amount," the court said.

The trio were granted bail on ground of parity as the promoters of Sweka, T P Singh and J P Singh, have already been granted bail by the Delhi High Court on May 21.

The special court also noted that the accused have been in judicial custody for nearly a year and the material witnesses in the case have already been examined, which was a reasonable ground for granting bail.

The CBI had opposed the trio's bail on the ground that they cannot claim parity with other co-accused as they were MCD officials and were in a position to influence witnesses belonging to their department.

The court, however, granted them bail saying, "I questioned the investigating officer and what has emerged is that the witnesses are merely to depose from the record and they will not be able to do much to save the skin of the accused."

Those named as accused in the case are Sugan, Mahla, Gurcharan Singh, T P Singh, J P Singh and MCD Accountant V Raju, who was earlier released on bail. M/s Sweka Powertech Engineers Pvt Ltd is also an accused in the case.

The trial court had on March 12 framed charges against the six persons and the firm for criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

(Agencies)

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