The CBI on Thursday came close to naming one of its witnesses as hostile during the trial of the 2G case at the special CBI court in the Patiala House courts complex,after accusing him of trying to protect certain accused.
Senior Public Prosecutor A K Singh cross-examined chartered accountant Nilesh R Doshi after accusing him of resiling from his statement. Singh raised his objection when Doshi said during examination by the prosecution that he would not be able to identify the signatures of the accused Reliance officials.
You (witness) are working with the Reliance ADA Group and you know Gautam Doshi,Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair (Reliance ADA group officials) well and so you are making a false statement to save them, said Singh in Special Judge O P Sainis court.
I am not under any threat,pressure or coercion, Doshi said. I am making my statement voluntarily and as per my own free will.
The court concluded that Doshi was not under pressure,and allowed the prosecution to cross-examine him.
Doshi went on to deny the prosecutions assertion that his statement was recorded by the CBI on January 2011.
Essar moves SC against proceedings
The Supreme Court on Thursday heard Essar Technologies Limited,chargesheeted in the 2G scam,challenge criminal proceedings against it from continuing in the Special Court.
The company submitted before a Bench led by Justice GS Singhvi that since it is not charged with offences under Prevention of Corruption Act,proceedings against it should be held in a Magistrate court.