HC rejects plea against IOs' presence in court during 2G trial
"Both the petitions are dismissed," said Justice M L Mehta, dismissing the pleas for the high court's directions to restrain the CBI IOs from attending the lower court proceedings in the 2G case.
Justice Mehta said no prejudice would be caused to the accused by the presence of the IO in the trial court.
"I fail to appreciate as to how any witness would be in fear or under pressure by the presence of the IO in the court room.
"Mere presence of the IO as such in the court room at the time of recording of deposition of any other witness would not be a ground to say that the prejudice would be caused to the accused or the trial to be not fair," Justice Mehta said.
The court rejected the petitions of Asif Balwa and Rajeev Aggarwal, directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Limited, opposing the presence of the IOs in the court room during the trial.
The accused had moved the high court challenging the trial court's order dismissing their objections to the presence of CBI officers Vivek Priyadarshi and Rajesh Chahal in the court room during deposition by other witnesses.
The CBI, however, had cited the apex court rulings and claimed that the presence of IO is required during the trial in high-profile cases.