2G case: Delhi court issues notice to CBI on plea against ‘tutoring’ witnesses

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on November 17, 2011

A Delhi court today sought the Central Bureau of Investigation’s response on a plea by a 2G case accused for a direction to the agency to “refrain from interfering” with witnesses.

Issuing notice to the CBI on Swan Telecom Director Mr Vinod Goenka’s plea, Special CBI Judge, Mr O.P. Saini, asked the agency to file its reply by November 23.

Mr Goenka, in an application through his counsel Mr Majid Memon, sought its direction to the CBI to “refrain from interfering” with witnesses in “a suspicious manner” before their deposition in the court.

“The CBI should be asked to refrain from secretly calling witnesses and showing them their statements,” Mr Memon submitted.

Mr Goenka made the plea in the wake of a statement by Reliance ADAG President, Mr A.N. Sethuraman, a prosecution witness, to the court yesterday that he was called by the CBI to its office in a “suspicious manner” two days before commencement of the trial in the case on November 11.

Mr Sethuraman had made the statement during his cross-examination by a defence counsel.

During the arguments today, Mr Memon said it was “not fair in the eyes of the law” that CBI was calling witnesses to its office in the name of refreshing their memory.

Mr Sethuraman had told the court yesterday that in March this year, while making his statement to the CBI under Section 161 of Criminal Procedure Code, he was shown a document by an agency official and was asked if the signature on it was that of Reliance ADAG Senior Vice-President, Mr Hari Nair, also a 2G case accused.

Mr Sethuraman had submitted in the court that he had given a statement to a CBI official that the signature on that particular document appeared to be that of Mr Hari Nair.

But, according to him, the CBI recorded his statement that he had identified the signature as that of Mr Nair. He said the CBI had brushed aside his objection at that time.

He was again called to the CBI office on November 9 and was shown the same statement and was told by an agency official to reiterate the same in the court during his deposition as prosecution witness, he had said.

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Published on November 17, 2011
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