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Balwa backtracks on statement after judge says deserves ‘jail’

Balwa said that he had understood the court’s queries and he required no further clarification.

Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa moved a special court on Monday, seeking permission to withdraw the answers given by him earlier in response to the court’s query in the ongoing trial in the 2G spectrum scam.

Balwa, who had on May 10 faced the court’s ire which had said that he “deserved” to be taken in custody for his misconduct, filed a plea before Special CBI Judge O P Saini contending he will “not raise any question of prejudice caused to him on the ground of non-understanding of any questions” asked by the court. Balwa also requested the court to take on record the written answers afresh.

He said that during recording of his statement, which was deferred by the judge, all the questions were “explained properly” by the court and due to “some inadvertence” it was recorded that he wasn’t able to understand some queries.

“This was a bonafide mistake and the same was neither intentional nor deliberate but only due to an inadvertent error of recording the answers on the court’s computer,” he said. The CBI, however, sought some time to file its reply after which the court fixed the matter for May 16.

In his plea, Balwa said that he had understood the court’s queries and he required no further clarification. The judge had earlier said that Balwa had “embarrassed” him a lot due to his conduct and if he had not understood the question, then why did he answer when his statement was being recorded. “It is an exercise to trap the court,” the judge had said, adding, “Be ready to go to jail.”