A special court on Monday allowed former Telecom minister A Raja’s plea seeking to depose as a witness to defend himself in an ongoing trial in the 2G spectrum scam case.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini allowed Raja’s plea after the CBI did not oppose it, and fixed the matter for July 1 for commencement of recording of defence evidence in the case.
“The accused wishes to examine himself as a witness in his own defence and the application has been filed under his own signature. Not opposed. Allowed. The accused is at liberty to examine himself as a witness in his own defence,” the court said. “Accused A Raja shall ensure that either he himself is ready for his examination as a witness, as prayed by him, or some other witness is present on his behalf on July 1,” the court added.
The court also allowed the pleas filed by former Telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra, Reliance ADAG executives Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar and accused firm Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd seeking to summon witnesses in their defence in the case. “Prosecution has no objection to the summoning of witnesses as requested by these accused. I also find that the list submitted by these accused is quite reasonable, accordingly, their prayer is allowed,” the court said.