A Delhi court is likely to hear on Friday arguments on the bail plea of former Telecom Minister A. Raja who is in custody since his arrest on February 2, 2011 and is facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation would on Friday file its reply on the bail plea of Mr. Raja, who had moved his first bail application yesterday after over 15 months of his arrest.

Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini had on Wednesday directed the CBI to file its response, if any, on Mr. Raja’s bail plea by May 11, 2012.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam had filed the bail plea on the ground of parity with other 13 accused who all have been granted the relief by the Supreme Court, the Delhi High Court and the special court trying the case.

Mr. Raja had filed the application soon after former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura, who was arrested along with him on February 2, 2011, was granted bail by the Supreme Court.

Mr. Raja, in his bail plea, contended that he is “innocent” and the case against him is “false and fabricated”.

“The case against the petitioner (Mr. Raja) is false and fabricated and is not sustainable on law or on facts. The petitioner is innocent and is likely to get acquitted.

“All the individual accused persons in this case, except the petitioner, have been released on bail.... The petitioner is entitled to bail on the grounds of parity,” Mr. Raja had said.

Mr. Raja is the only accused yet to secure bail in the case.

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