A Delhi court on Tuesday refused to cancel the bail of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on a plea moved by the CBI in connection with the IRCTC scam. Special Judge Geetanjali Goel, however, asked Yadav to be more careful and choose appropriate words.
The CBI had claimed that at a recent press conference, Yadav had attempted to subvert the process of law and thwart the entire investigation as well as the consequent trial, and blatantly abused the liberty granted to him.
The court passed the directions after hearing arguments during which Yadav claimed that he did not violate any condition set in the bail granted to him earlier.
“I (Yadav) am in opposition party and raising questions on wrongdoing is my duty. The CBI and ED are being ‘misused’ by the present government. All opposition parties are feeling this,” Yadav’s counsel told the court.
Counsel Maninder Singh said, “I’m a Deputy CM, you’re being so defamatory. You’re trying to create a narrative. I’m a public figure, I have to answer the questions of the press and that’s what I did in that press conference.”
“What about my right to reputation? I am a public figure,” he said.
Counsel DP Singh, appearing for the CBI, “you don’t need other meaning. One paragraph is sufficient.”
“This conference happened on 25, because a day before that he became Deputy CM,” he said.
The court said a detailed order will be passed later.
The court had in October 2018 granted bail to Yadav after he appeared before it in pursuance to summons issued against him in the matter related to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) hotels to a private firm.