Three executives of the Reliance ADA Group, facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case in a Delhi court, today gave samples of their handwriting and signatures to the CBI for their comparison with those on case documents.

Reliance ADAG executives Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair gave their handwriting and signature specimens as per an order of Special CBI Judge O. P. Saini who had earlier allowed the agency’s plea for collecting the same.

In line with the court’s directions, the CBI will now send the specimens to handwriting experts for its comparison with the alleged signatures of these accused on several documents which have been placed before the judge.

The court had earlier allowed the CBI’s plea for collecting handwriting and signature samples of the three accused saying it was “justified” to reach a conclusion.

“Accordingly, I find merit in the application that the prosecution has not been in a position to get the signatures of the three accused proved and so their prayer for getting the handwriting and signature of the three accused compared by the handwriting expert is justified to get the same proved by an alternative mode of proof,” the judge had said.

In its plea, the CBI had said during 2006 and 2008 the three accused had signed various documents which were filed along with the chargesheet and some of the witnesses examined so far had also proved their signatures but Doshi, Pipara and Nair have “not been in a position” to identify them.

The three Reliance ADAG executives are facing trial along with others, including former Telecom Minister A. Raja, for offences under various provisions of the IPC dealing with cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy, faking documents and under the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to abuse of official position, criminal misconduct by a public servant and taking bribes.

(This article was published on January 4, 2013)
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