2G accused: CBI tutoring witnesses in its chamber

The high-profile accused in 2G spectrum allocation on Wednesday accused CBI in a Delhi court of tutoring witnesses before their deposition.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2012, 20:04 PM IST

New Delhi: The high-profile accused in 2G
spectrum allocation on Wednesday accused CBI in a Delhi court of
tutoring witnesses before their deposition while the agency
said it was their right to interact with them to check their
credentials before they depose.

The allegation was made by counsel for various 2G case
accused, including RDAG corporate honchos Surendra Pipara and
Gautam Doshi, who contended before Special Judge O P Saini
that CBI had called witness Ashish Tambawala to its chamber in
the court premises to tutor him before his deposition.

The defence counsel said that despite its assurance to
the court that it would not tutor witnesses before deposition,
CBI had done it again.

"Despite CBI`s assurance given to the court earlier, the
witness (Tambawala) was called inside (the prosecutor`s
chamber) and he was talking to investigating officer for
almost 20 minutes. They (CBI) have tutored the witness in the
chamber. We are taking strong objection to it," the defence
counsel said.

"You (judge) can read between the lines what is happening
here. This is a serious issue and the court should take a
serious note of it," said AH Ponda, counsel for Pipara.

CBI prosecutor AK Singh, however, said the agency has
the right to interact with prosecution witnesses.

"This is prosecution witness and I have control over the
witness. I have authority to know the credentials of witness,
as to from where he has come and whether he is in a position
to depose before the court," the prosecutor said, adding "who
are you (defence counsel) to say that I have tutored the
witness?"

PTI