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2G case: Court slams accused for filing 1,029 pleas for papers

Court concluded recording prosecution witnesses’ statements in case and matter is now fixed for January 20 for recording accused’s statements.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | December 3, 2013 1:19:56 am

Irked that the accused had filed 1,029 applications demanding access to various relevant and irrelevant documents,the Special CBI court hearing the 2G spectrum scam cases on Monday denied applications filed by 2G accused Rajiv Agarwal and RK Chandolia,observing that theyseemed to be aimed at delaying the trial and “drowning out” the court with irrelevant documents.

“All documents relating to issuance of LOIs,allotment of licences and allocation of spectrum,whether connected immediately,recently or remotely with the case,have been filed on the record of the case,either by the prosecution itself or on the prayer of accused persons,” said CBI Judge OP Saini.

Observing that documents running into lakhs of pages had already been filed in the case,the court said it seemed the accused “wished to drown out,sink and bury the Court under the weight of documents,relevant or irrelevant,as some of them have been constantly filing such applications despite knowing the fact that entire material relevant or irrelevant,immediate or distant relating to issues in question has already come on record”.

“I may add that accused persons have filed 1,029 applications,big or small,till date,including 37 applications filed by applicant/ accused R. K. Chandolia and 84 filed by applicant/ accused Rajiv Agarwal,and the number of applications itself shows why such large number of applications have been filed,that is,just to delay the trial,” the court said.

The court also dismissed a plea by accused Asif Balwa to recall 11 prosecution witnesses for further cross examination,observing that Balwa had filed the application to “waste” the court’s time,and noted that he had also filed 71 applications.

The court on November 27 concluded recording prosecution witnesses’ statements in the case and the matter is now fixed for January 20 for recording the accused’s statements.

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