2012 yearender: HC assuages enraged nation, puts sports bodies to task

Delhi High Court

Political bigwigs, facing corruption charges, also kept approaching the high court either to get bail, sentences suspended or to seek stay of trials or get the charges quashed against them.

Among them, jailed former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, accused of abetting suicide of his employee air hostess Geetika Sharma, did not get any relief as the court rejected his anticipatory and regular bail pleas.

However, Kalmadi and former BJP president Bangaru Lakshman, 73, got the bail after spending some time in jail in connection with corruption cases. Bangaru was earlier sent to jail after being awarded four years jail term for accepting Rs 1 lakh bribe from some undercover scribes for pushing through a fictitious arms deal during NDA regime in 2001.

Kalmadi, who was suspended from Congress party after his arrest on April 25 in connection with CWG-related graft cases, also got bail on the ground of the Supreme Court verdict in 2G case that "bail is rule and jail is exception".

Another Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, facing trial in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, could not get the trial stayed in one of the matters in which six persons were killed at Sultanpuri here. The court has reserved its order on his plea against the framing of charges in it.

However, Congress spokesperson and leading advocate Abhishek Manu Singvi got relief with the court restraining a media house from "publishing, telecasting and broadcasting" contents of a "concocted" CD allegedly showing him and a lady lawyer. Later, the parties settled the case.

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy, pursuing various litigations against the establishment including a PIL on 2G scam, got anticipatory bail in a case lodged against him for writing an allegedly "inflammatory" article.

A Raja, former Telecom Minister and key accused in the 2G case and Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, joined other co-accused and filed pleas in the high court against framing of charges in the high profile matter. The pleas of other 15 accused are still pending.

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