Balwa lawyer questions Achary

Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa quizzed in a Delhi court key 2G case prosecution witness Asheervatham Achary as to how he knew about former telecom minister A Raja

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published:January 4, 2012 12:27 am

Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa on Tuesday quizzed in a Delhi court key 2G case prosecution witness Asheervatham Achary as to how he knew about former telecom minister A Raja’s meetings with DMK MP Kanimozhi,corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and other company executives.

Balwa’s counsel wanted to know how Achary,the erstwhile personal aide of the minister,knew of Raja’s meetings with Kanimozhi when he never accompanied the former minister nor did he visit her house.

Responding to the counsel’s question,Achary said he was told about the meetings by Raja himself.

“It is correct that A Raja used to visit the houses of his senior leaders,both in Chennai and Delhi. I never visited the house of Kanimozhi personally… A Raja himself told me that he was visiting the house of Kanimozhi and need not be disturbed,” Achary said.

“I did not tell CBI or the magistrate (in earlier statements to them) that Raja himself told me,” the witness added.

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