Economy

2G: Former telecom minister A. Raja opens defence

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on December 22, 2011

After a month of protest against commencement of trial, former Telecom Minister, Mr A. Raja, today opened his defence with the cross-examination of key CBI witness Mr Aseervatham Achary, who was his former additional private secretary.

Mr Raja called off his protest in the wake of the CBI filing its third chargesheet on December 12 against Essar and Loop and their promoters.

Mr Achary’s cross-examination was disrupted for a while after he told the judge about threat to his life from a man sitting in the courtroom. The man left the courtroom but was nabbed by Delhi Police sleuths from the court premises and produced before the judge and handed over to police.

At the very beginning of the trial which started on November 11, Mr Raja told Special CBI Judge, Mr O.P. Saini, who is hearing the case, that he would not cross- examine witnesses until the CBI files its third chargesheet and makes a statement that its probe in the case was complete.

During the one-and-a-half month of trial in the case, six witnesses have already deposed and the cross-examination of Mr Raja’s ex-aide Achary is under way.

Mr Achary, a prime witness in the case, had in his deposition accused Mr Raja and others of being involved in the 2G scam and went on to state Mr Raja’s alleged long association with corporate honchos accused in the scam since his stint as environment minister in 2005.

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Published on December 22, 2011
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