New Delhi: The arguments on the bail pleas of three corporate executives, arrested for their alleged roles in the Petroleum Ministry documents leak case, was on Monday deferred for two days by a Delhi court in view of the lawyers’ strike.

The lawyers abstained from work protesting the killing of an advocate in Allahabad district court premises allegedly by a policeman last week.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal, who was scheduled to hear arguments today on bail pleas of Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar and Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy, posted it for March 18.

Crime Branch of Delhi Police had earlier opposed the bail applications of these accused saying documents recovered from the arrested persons were being analysed to unearth a “deep rooted nexus” involving several persons who were “trespassing” in offices of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

“If accused are released at this stage, they may influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence which may adversely affect the investigation” the investigating officer had said.

The police had filed a written reply to the bail pleas saying that the probe was at a preliminary stage and the whole nexus was to be unearthed.

Earlier, the court had extended the judicial custody of six accused including the five corporate executives, who were arrested in the case, till March 19.

Besides the three accused who have filed the bail pleas, the two others corporate executives arrested in the case are Reliance ADAG’s DGM Rishi Anand and Cairns India’s GM K K Naik.

The Delhi Police had on February 20 arrested the five corporate executives alleging that they used to procure documents from other arrested accused Lalta Prasad and Rakesh, and they used to pay them.