Barricades, makeshift corridors, senior lawyers and some angry ones, many policemen and CBI officials across ranks were seen at the Patiala House district court premises, where the hearing on the CBI plea for custodial interrogation of Rajendra Kumar and four others took place Tuesday.
The five accused were escorted by several police and CBI personnel, with thick ropes separating the accused from the public.
Senior AAP leader Ashutosh was present in the courtroom but declined to speak to the media.
The hour-long hearing saw an unusual interruption, when senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, who was representing Deputy Secretary Tarun Sharma, said the CBI was acting as a “politically motivated agency.” Gupta’s argument was greeted with applause by some lawyers and family members of the accused, with one member of the audience shouting “down with CBI”.
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Towards the end of the hearing, Dinesh Kumar Gupta, one of the directors of accused firm ESPL who was arrested Monday, told the court that he was being pressurised by the CBI to turn approver in the case. Gupta, whose lawyer had alleged he had been “beaten mercilessly” while in CBI custody, told the court that agency officials had “damaged his eardrums”.
The CBI lawyers urged the court to note that the agency “takes strong exception to these statements against the CBI.”
Towards the end of the hearing, an argument broke out between two groups of lawyers, after one of them shouted at the accused. The confrontation was quickly brought to an end by senior advocates and policemen.