JAMMU, Sept 21: Special Judge CBI Rajesh Sekhri has rejected the bail application of Umesh Kumar Verma, Assistant Director of the BCAS in Jammu and Kashmir, who was arrested while accepting bribe of Rs 5000.
After hearing both the sides, the court observed, “the offence committed by the accused, in the instant case, is highly deleterious having societal ramifications. There is cogent evidence available on record regarding prima facie culpability of the accused”.
“The material collected by the investigating agency, overwhelmingly and cogently point towards prima-facie involvement of the petitioner in the economic offence. His culpability, in the commission of offence under Section 7 of the PC Act, is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to seven years, but shall not be less than three years”, the court said.
“There is every apprehension, as such, that bail if granted to him may no longer render the case conducive to investigation and subsequent trial. Therefore, release of petitioner on bail at this juncture, in my opinion, is likely to thwart the course of justice”, the Judge said while rejecting the bail application.