2G: Niira Radia may not appear in court on Wednesday for deposition

2G: Niira Radia may not appear in court on Wednesday for deposition New Delhi: Former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, a key CBI witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, may not appear on Wednesday in a Delhi court for her deposition as she is reportedly suffering from some ailment.

The prosecution sources said Radia, who was scheduled to appear Wednesday before Special CBI Judge O P Saini to depose as a prosecution witness, have sought three months time as she had undergone a surgery for her neurological ailment.

The CBI had submitted its list of prosecution witnesses to be called for recording of their statements in the court and Radia's evidence was slated for December 5 and 6.

The CBI, in its charge sheet filed on April 2 last year against former Telecom Minister A Raja and others, had lined up Radia as a prosecution witness in the case.

Meanwhile, Attorney General (AG) G E Vahanvati is likely to appear in the court on January 8 next year to depose as a prosecution witness.

The CBI has submitted its list of prosecution witnesses to be called for recording of their statements in the court and deposition by Vahanvati is slated for January 8.

Vahanvati, who was the Solicitor General (SG) from June 2004 to June 2009, was named as a prosecution witness in the list submitted by the agency along with its charge sheet.

In its charge sheet, the CBI had said Raja had struck out the last paragraph of the January 7, 2008 draft press release after taking Vahanvati's advise on it.

It had added, "By this dishonest act accused A Raja, in conspiracy with accused Siddharth Behura (former telecom secretary), fraudulently portrayed to the DoT that the amended draft had the consent of the then SG."

The draft press release contained the manner in which letters of intent (LoIs) were planned to be issued to the applicant telecom firms, the CBI had said.

PTI