The court of special judge D R Mahajan on Friday rejected the plea of former vice-chief of army staff Lt. Gen. Noble Thamburaj (retd) for visiting New Delhi between April 17 and 19.
Thamburaj had obtained ad-interim anticipatory bail in a case pertaining to his alleged involvement in leasing defence land on March 20. Later, the bail was extended till April 26. The court had imposed a condition that he should not leave Pune without its permission.
Thamburaj on Thursday filed a plea to relax the bail condition.
His lawyer Jitendra Sawant told the court that his client was a director of a private company and pleaded to permit him to attend the annual meeting of the board of directors in Delhi on April 18.
Sawant said that, if the court permitted, Thamburaj will leave for Delhi on April 17 and will return on April 19.
CBI special public prosecutor Ayub Pathan opposed the plea, saying that the CBI had seized documents in the case and Thamburaj’s presence was required for conducting investigations on a daily basis.
Pathan submitted that Thamburaj was granted ad-interim bail and that he being an influential personality may tamper with the evidence as some of the witnesses were from Delhi.
Judge Mahajan read the case diary of deputy superintendent of police Rajpal Singh who is investigating the case, and upheld the arguments of the prosecution for rejecting Thamburaj’s plea.
-via The Times of India.