New Delhi: The trial against the promoters of Essar Group and Loop Telecom, accused in a case arising out of the probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam, today witnessed contradictions in the statements by a CBI witness.
During recording of the statement, Sangeeta Lakhi, who is associated with a law firm and was also on the board of directors of some Loop group companies, said she used to receive instructions from I P Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan, the promoters of Loop Telecom and accused in the case, regarding Santa Trading (P) Limited (STPL), which, according to the CBI, was controlled by Essar.
This prompted CBI Prosecutor A K Singh to cross examine the witness on the ground that in her statement to the CBI, she had said she used to receive instructions regarding STPL from Vikash Saraf, Essar group Director (Strategy and Planning) and accused in the case.
During cross examination by the prosecutor, Lakhi said, "It is wrong to suggest that I told the investigating officer (IO) that I used to seek instructions mainly from Vikash Saraf and Amit Gupta. It is further wrong to suggest that I told the IO that accordingly resolution to this effect used to be passed and signed by me whenever I was chairman."
She, however, told Special CBI Judge O P Saini, "As far as transaction aspect is concerned, I used to receive instructions from Vikash Saraf and Amit Gupta."
"Instructions about Shipping Stop Dot Com (India) (P) Limited, later on (changed to) Loop Telecom (P) Limited, also used to be received from its holding companies, that is, Loop Mobile Holding (India) Limited and Santa Trading (P) Limited," she said during her cross-examination by the prosecutor.
According to Lakhi's statement to the CBI, it is recorded that "I used to seek instructions mainly from Vikash Saraf and Amit Gupta. Accordingly, resolution to this effect used to be passed and signed by me wherever I was chairman".
First Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 21:55