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Court defers bail pleas till framing of charges

New Delhi: A Delhi court today deferred the bail pleas of five accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case, including former telecom minister A Raja`s private secretary R K Chandolia and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, till it pronounces order on framing of charges.

Special Judge O P Saini deferred till October 17 the bail pleas of three accused — Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd directors Asif Balwa and Rajeev Aggarwal and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd director Karim Morani — while the pleas of Chandolia and Balwa would come up on October 18.

Special Judge Saini deferred the hearing saying he would like to hear their bail pleas after framing of charges which he has tentatively slated for October 15.

"I will prefer if we take these bail applications on October 17," Saini told the counsel for the accused.

"I have given you a tentative date of October 15 for pronouncing order on charge but if you will not allow me to study or to read documents then the order would not come by 15 also," he said.

Earlier on October 1, hearings on the bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, both co-accused in the case, were deferred till framing of charges in the case as the apex court, while dismissing their bail pleas on June 20, had said such applications could be taken up only after charges are framed in the case.

The CBI had also opposed their bail pleas on the ground that they could be entertained only after framing of charges.

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