A local sessions court on Friday granted judicial custody to the former Congress MLC, Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, his son Vishal Gidwani, CBI counsel Mandar Goswami and a tax consultant J.K. Jagiasi in connection with the Adarsh Society land scam.

The anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested the four persons in connection with the payment of an alleged bribe to dilute the Adarsh case.

The court observed that there was no reason to extend the police custody of the accused and granted them judicial custody till March 30. The accused have filed a joint bail application that will be heard on Saturday.

In its remand application, the CBI alleged that Mr. Jagiasi and K.L. Gidwani entered into a criminal conspiracy.

According to it, Mr. Gidwani paid a sum of Rs.1.25 crore to Mr. Jagiasi to influence CBI officials to show favours to them in the Adarsh case. CBI counsel sought extension of police custody stating that the accused were influential people and the agency needed more time to investigate the telephonic conversations and account diaries.