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CBI promises to supply Radia transcripts to 2G accused

Acceding to the plea by 2G scam accused for the transcripts of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's tapped telephonic talks, the CBI today promised a Delhi court to hand it over to them on July 12.

July 07, 2011 / 08:53 PM IST

Acceding to the plea by 2G scam accused for the transcripts of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's tapped telephonic talks, the CBI today promised a
Delhi court to hand it over to them on July 12.


While the CBI agreed to supply transcripts, Special Judge O P Saini decided to have an electronic scanner installed in the court premises for scanning prosecution documents and distributing their copies among the accused.


ASJ Saini decided to let a defence counsel Vijay Aggarwal instal the scanner at his own cost to expedite the process of scrutiny of documents so that arguments on framing of charges in the case could begin from July 15. 


Earlier during the day, CBI prosecutor A K Singh told the court, "We will supply Niira Radia's tapes to the accused on July 12." He said the agency would also supply some additional documents on that day.


CBI's promise came in response to the plea of several accused who had yesterday told the court that the probe agency was not providing them the transcripts of Radia's talks, despite these having been used as a key prosecution document. 


The 2G scam accused pointed out that the CBI has made Radia a key witness in the case and she, in her statements to the agency, has repeatedly referred to her tapped telephonic conversations with various people.


Several 2G case accused raised the demand for the transcripts as Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, a co-accused in the case, yesterday told the court that the CBI should supply all the documents it has filed along with the charge sheet to enable them to defend themselves better.


The counsel for other accused also pointed out that the CBI is withholding from them some of the documents which they have filed in the court. The CBI, however, had countered these allegations saying there are some documents on which they have not relied upon and that's why the accused were not supplied the copies of those documents.


The court allowed installation of an electronic scanner in the court premises on a joint plea by five accused, including former Telecom Minister A Raja, his former personal secretary R K Chandolia, Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd, its Managing Director Sanjay Chandra and Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, who sought expeditious supply of various documents to them.


"Prayer is allowed. Scanning of documents shall be completed within two-three days and it shall be done under the supervision of court staff and investigating officer and during office hours," Special Judge Saini said, allowing their plea, which remained unopposed by the CBI.

The court allowed the defence counsel to instal a scanning machine in the court premises and the scanning work would begin from tomorrow.

first published: Jul 7, 2011 07:34 pm

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