A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi’s close aide Sanjay Mahendroo, who was arrested for alleged financial irregularities related to the Queen Baton’s relay in London in 2009.

Mr. Mahendroo, a joint director general in the CWG Organising Committee, has been in jail since November 15 last year after he was arrested along with his colleague T. S. Darbari.

Special CBI Judge O. P. Saini enlarged Mr. Mahendroo on bail after the CBI failed to complete the investigation and file its chargesheet in the case within the stipulated 60 days period after registration of the FIR.

The court also took into account the Delhi High Court’s order, which had on Friday granted bail to another co-accused T. S. Darbari in the case.

“In pursuance of the Delhi High Court order, the accused is enlarged on bail as the CBI could not file the chargesheet within 60 days,” the special CBI judge said.

Mr. Darbari, a former official of the CWG Organising Committee and another close aide of Mr. Kalmadi, too had been given bail on account of CBI’s failure in filing the chargesheet within 60 days.

The court granted bail to Mr. Mahendroo on a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 with two sureties of the same amount and asked him not to leave the country without its permission.

It also cautioned him against trying to influence prosecution witnesses or tamper with the evidence in the case while remaining out on bail.

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