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Pragati Maidan revamp graft: Court grants bail to middleman

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A today granted to a suspected middleman in an alleged case of corruption in the Rs 2,150-cr revamp project of at Pragati Maidan in which NBCC Anoop Mittal has also been made an accused.

Kumar granted relief to Ghaziabad- based Rishabh Agrawal on a personal bond of Rs one lakh and a surety of the same amount.

The has posted for tomorrow the order on plea of Sanjay Kulkarni, of

The had on January 5 reserved its order on the applications of Kulkarni and Agrawal after hearing arguments from defence advocates and the

The probe agency opposed the applications saying that the accused might hamper the investigation which, it claimed, was in initial stage, and cited the possibility that both might flee from justice.

The agency had booked Mittal, Kulkarni, Agrawal, and two others-- public servants and Akashdeep Chouhan who allegedly delivered the bribe -- in the case on December 22.

It alleged in the FIR that the contract to redevelop the prime land at Pragati Maidan was awarded to Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Pvt. Ltd. and Shapoorji Pallonji Qatar WLL for Rs 2,149.93 crore by NBCC.

Mumbai-based was trying to get that work from Shapoorji Pallonji on sub-contract.

Kulkarni had approached Agrawal, the suspected middleman having good contacts with public servants, for getting the sub-contract in favour of the company, it alleged.

The FIR alleged that Agrawal approached Mishra, a public servant in an intelligence agency who was on deputation and was also close to certain senior functionaries of

Under the influence of Mishra, Mittal "strongly directed" the of NBCC to settle the matter in favour of Capacite Structures, it alleged.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 15:55 IST