2G case: Court asks Raja, his counsel to be polite

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 19:57

New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Wednesday subjected erstwhile Telecom Secretary D S Mathur to intense questioning during his cross-examination in the 2G case, prompting the court to caution the DMK leader and his counsel against raising their voices.

During Mathur's cross-examination by Raja's counsel Sushil Kumar, the "loud language" used by the advocate in questioning him irked Special Judge O P Saini, who asked the counsel to desist from speaking loudly.

"Please do not use loud language otherwise I can also be the same," Special CBI Judge O P Saini said, asking Kumar to be "polite and straight forward" in questioning Mathur.

During the proceedings, senior counsel Sushil Kumar said that he was "discrediting" Mathur as a witness as he was not answering his questions in a proper manner.

"I am discrediting this witness (Mathur) completely. He says he does not remember what he had read in 2006. It is his memory test. He remembers in 2012 the oral evidence against Raja but he do not remember what is there in the documents.

"We did not say anything for the last two days (when Mathur's examination-in-chief was going on) but today is the testing time for him (Mathur)," Kumar said.

Raja, who was standing next to his counsel during the proceedings, joined the arguments and said Mathur was "very keen" about his notings on the files but being the erstwhile telecom secretary, he did not remember about telecom policy.

"He (Mathur) is very keen with my notings on page number this and this, but as (a former) telecom secretary, he does not remember about the telecom policy," Raja said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 19:57

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