Ex-Indian Minister Receives Bail in Corruption Case

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A former Indian telecom minister accused in one of the country's largest corruption cases is out of prison on bail.

A. Raja was arrested in February of last year and is accused of brokering the sale of cellular phone licenses at cut-rate prices to the benefit of a few companies. The scandal is believed to have cost the Indian government up to $40 billion in lost revenue.

On Tuesday, a New Delhi court granted Raja bail despite opposition from prosecutors who say the former telecommunications minister would try to influence witnesses in the case.

The court also banned Raja from traveling without permission to the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where his party is based.

The former minister is among more than a dozen other defendants charged with conspiracy, cheating and other crimes.

Raja has denied any wrongdoing and has said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the country's then-finance minister knew about the sale and approved his decision.

Mr. Singh's ruling Congress Party has been beset by other corruption scandals, including allegations of widespread graft during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which were hosted by India.