2G case: Witness faces court ire for evasive replies

A former senior top official of BPL Cellular Ltd, who was deposing as a prosecution witness in a case arising out of the probe into 2G spectrum scam, Friday faced the ire of a Delhi court which warned him for giving "evasive" replies.

Last Updated: Aug 02, 2013, 21:20 PM IST

New Delhi: A former senior top official of BPL Cellular Ltd, who was deposing as a prosecution witness in a case arising out of the probe into 2G spectrum scam, Friday faced the ire of a Delhi court which warned him for giving "evasive" replies.

During the recording of evidence, S Subramaniam, a former CFO of BPL Cellular Ltd, was pulled up by the court which said action could be taken against him for not giving proper answers to the questions asked to him.

"Despite repeatedly impressing upon the witness to be specific, precise and clear, the witness starts telling a story in response to a question," Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.

"He (Subramaniam) is warned to be careful in future, failing which action shall be initiated against him, he being a highly qualified person and the impression being generated by him is that he is deliberately long winding and evasive in replies," the judge said.

During the recording of evidence, which would continue on August 5, Subramaniam said Essar group Director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf, who is facing trial in the case, was on the board of BPL Mobile Communication Ltd which was a holding company of Loop Telecom (P) Ltd.

"It is correct that BPL Mobile Communication Limited is holding company of Loop Telecom (P) Limited. It is correct that for this reason my understanding was that Loop Telecom (P) Limited is also controlled by Essar group," he told during his cross examination by CBI prosecutor K K Goel.

Saraf is facing trial in the case along with Essar group promoters Ravi Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and Loop Telecom promoters I P Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan and the three firms -- ETHL, Loop Telecom Pvt Ltd and Loop Mobile India Ltd.

ETHL and others are facing trial for the offence under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) read with Section 420 (cheating) of IPC, while a substantial charge of cheating has been framed against Saraf.

PTI