The Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to T.S. Darbari, one of the officials of the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games, in the Queen's Baton Relay scam case on a technical ground.
Justice Hima Kohli granted bail to him as the Central Bureau of Investigation failed to charge-sheet him in the case within the stipulated period of 60 days. The accused had also sought bail on the same ground. His counsel submitted that the accused could not be kept in judicial custody anymore as the investigating agency had failed to gather enough evidence to charge-sheet him within the statutory period. He was arrested on November 15. He, along with the other accused in the case, is facing prosecution for causing loss to the exchequer and gain to themselves to the tune of Rs.1.5 crore in the award contracts for making arrangements for the Queen's Baton Relay in London before the commencement of the Games.
Meanwhile, hearing on the bail application of M. Jeyachandran, another official of the Organising Committee, remained part heard. The Court will hear further arguments on it next Monday.
Darbari was the joint director and Jeyachandran treasurer of the Organising Committee.
CBI has charge-sheeted them for indulging in irregularities in payments made to UK-based firms A.M. Car and Van Hire Ltd. for transportation services during the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay and for hiring of video screens from A.M. Films Ltd for the function.