The Tripura High Court on Saturday granted bail to former PWD minister Badal Chowdhury.
A bench of Justice Arindam Loadh granted bail to Chowdhury as the police failed file a chargesheet against him 87 days after he was booked.
Chowdhury was arrested by Tripura police in November last year in a Rs 638 crore PWD scam.
Public Prosecutor Ratan Dutta said according to the legal procedure any accused holds the right to get bail by default if the police fail to file a chargesheet within 90 days of arrest.
Chowdhury, who is also a CPI (M) central committee member, was arrested on October 21 last year in connection with alleged irregularities in the PWD in 2008-09.
However, the court imposed some conditions on him like he would not influence the investigation process or witnesses, and try to tamper evidence.
Cowdhury would also need to submit Rs 1 lakh bail bond along with a surety.
Former engineer-in-chief Sunil Bhowmik and former chief secretary Yashpal Singh were also booked in the alleged corruption case.
Based on the PWD department observations and subsequent vigilance enquiry a case (no 251/19) was registered under section 409, 418, 420, 201, 120B of the IPC and 13 PC Act against Chowdhury and PWD officials–Singh and Bhowmik.