Bribery case: B L Agrawal’s relative moves court for bail

New Delhi: A relative of B L Agrawal, a suspended senior official of the Chhattisgarh government accused in a bribery case, today moved a special court here seeking bail in the matter.

Suspended Principal Secretary of Chhattisgarh B L Agrawal
Suspended Principal Secretary of Chhattisgarh B L Agrawal

In his plea before special judge Virender Kumar Goyal, Anand Agrawal claimed that investigation has been completed in the matter and there was no possibility of him hampering it if the relief was granted.

The court put up the application for arguments on April 27, the next date of hearing.

This is the second bail application filed by Anand. The first plea was rejected by the court in March after the CBI had opposed it citing ongoing investigation.

On the next date of hearing, the court will also hear the bail applications of an alleged middleman Bhagwan Singh and one Syed Burhanuddin, who had claimed to be an official working in the Prime Minister’s Office.

The court had on March 31 denied bail to B L Agrawal, the suspended Principal Secretary in the Chhattisgarh government, and took cognisance of the charge sheet filed by CBI against all the four accused – the Agrawals, Singh and Burhanuddin, who are currently in judicial custody.

The final report was filed under the sections dealing with offences of criminal conspiracy and taking gratification, in order, by corrupt or illegal means, to influence public servant.

In it charge sheet, the agency has alleged that Agrawal, a 1988 batch IAS officer, wanted to “settle” an ongoing CBI probe against him.

According to CBI, the officer was facing investigation in two cases registered in 2010 when he was the Health Secretary in the state government. He has been charge sheeted in one case, while the probe is going on in the other.

The agency has alleged that the officer had allegedly approached Singh, a resident of Noida, who took him to Burhanuddin to get a graft case “settled”.

Burhanuddin, who has many aliases, claimed that he would help him settle the case in his favour. Burhanuddin aka OP Singh aka OP Sharma had demanded Rs 1.5 crore as illegal gratification for his services, the CBI alleged.

Anand had played a key role in the offence and a huge amount of cash was recovered from his possession, it had claimed.