Former Rajya Sabha MP granted bail in LTC scam

New Delhi:Former Rajya Sabha MP Brajesh Pathak has been granted bail by a local court in connection with the LTC scam in which names of some former MPs had cropped up.

Former Rajya Sabha MP Brajesh Pathak
Former Rajya Sabha MP Brajesh Pathak
Special judge Anju Bajaj Chandna granted bail to Pathak and Delhi-based firm Vandna Travels Private Limited’s director Rajesh Agnihotri on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and the surety of like amount.

Both of them appeared in court in pursuance of summons issued against them on February 20.

“Both accused namely Rajesh Agnihotri and Brajesh Pathak have appeared in response to the summoning order dated February 20,2015.

“Considering the facts and circumstances of the case and keeping in view that both accused have roots in the society and trial would take long time to conclude, both accused namely Rajesh Agnihotri and Brajesh Pathak are admitted to bail…,” the court said.

While granting bail, the court imposed condition on both the accused that they should not leave the country without its permission and also directed them not to tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.

The court has fixed the matter for next hearing on May 7 when scrutiny of documents will be carried out.

The court had earlier pulled up CBI for not placing before it documents related to the saying “callous attitude” of its officers needs to be brought into the notice of the agency’s director.

The case was registered by CBI on June 12 last year on the allegations that from 2011 to 2013, Pathak, the then MP of Rajya Sabha, had allegedly conspired with unknown private persons and had claimed wrongly inflated reimbursement for eight companion tickets amounting to Rs 2,19,887 from the Pay and Accounts Office of Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

The agency had alleged that Pathak had only paid an amount of Rs 10,499 for the eight tickets and had unduly claimed an excess amount of Rs 2,09,338 from the government.

However, the CBI has listed Agnihotri in a charge sheet for offences punishable under various sections of the IPC including 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document). Pathak has not been chargesheeted as accused by CBI.