Court grants travel permission to Kulbir Singh, A K Singh

CBI special judge D R Mahajan has recently permitted Col Kulbir Singh, staff officer to commandant of National Defence Academy (NDA) and Col A K Singh, presiding officer of recruitment board, both arrested in NDA recruitment scam, to travel to their native places.

A K Singh had moved an application seeking permission to travel to Punjab and Bihar from December 1-20 and to get a photocopy of the leave application and licence agreement of his flat in Mohali that was seized by the CBI. Kulbir Singh had asked for permission to visit New Delhi and Gurgaon from November 15-22 for registering his flat in Gurgaon. CBI special prosecutor Vivek Saxena opposed both applications.

Saxena had submitted to the court that A K Singh was the main conspirator in the case. "He had caused disappearance of material evidence and did not disclose any information about the bribe amount received. He may misuse the liberty granted to him as well as misuse the document sought by him." Even as Singh was granted bail by the court on condition of not leaving Pune without the court's permission, Singh told the court that he wanted to travel for 20 days to attend some religious functions and to settle a tenant issue pertaining to his Gurgaon flat.

Saxena had told the court that Kulbir Singh was also one of the main accused in the case and if he is allowed to travel, he may influence witnesses and hamper the investigation.

The court allowed both A K Singh and Kulbir Singh to travel on the scheduled dates stating in the order that "pendency of investigation cannot be a ground to reject the application. It is true that as per the CBI, the accused persons have played an important role in commission of crime by receiving huge amount from the candidates, but that cannot be a ground to reject their applications. The applicants are not running away from justice."

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