2G: Raja opposes CBI plea on Radia conversations

Arguing that there was “no provision in the Code of Criminal Procedure,1973

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 3, 2013 1:08 am

Arguing that there was “no provision in the Code of Criminal Procedure,1973,under which a document or article can be filed before the trial court at such a belated stage”,former telecom minister A Raja has filed his objections against a CBI plea to submit the transcripts of 62 conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and other persons related to the 2G scam.

The CBI had moved the court on May 28,asking for permission to place the transcripts and CDs of phone conversations between Radia and several others on record before the court. The agency had claimed that out of the 62 taped conversations of Radia,it had already submitted transcripts of 12 conversations and now it wanted to place on record the rest for “fairness”. Special Public Prosecutor U U Lalit had told the court that these transcripts related to conversation between Radia and other individuals and the calls were intercepted by the Income-Tax department. A total of 5,800 calls were intercepted by the Income-Tax department and only these 62 conversations were “directly or remotely” related to the 2G case,Lalit had said. The court had deferred recording of Radia’s statement.

In a two-page reply filed before the court of Special CBI Judge O P Saini on Tuesday,Raja argued that the CBI plea did not mentioned the reason for not placing the impugned CD and transcripts at the time of filing of the chargesheet. Seeking dismissal of CBI’s plea,Raja said that the agency admitted that the alleged interception was not carried out by it,yet its application “does not establish either the time of preparation of the CD,or its handing over,or its safe custody”. The court will hear arguments on July 9.

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