2G: Former Telecom Minister A Raja opens defence

Former Telecom Minister A Raja today opened his defence with the cross-examination of key CBI witness Aseervatham Achary who was his former additional private secretary.

New Delhi: After a month of protest against
commencement of trial, former Telecom Minister A Raja today
opened his defence with the cross-examination of key CBI
witness Aseervatham Achary who was his former additional
private secretary.

Raja called off his protest in the wake of CBI filing its
third charge sheet on December 12 against Essar and Loop and
their promoters.
Achary`s cross-examination was disrupted for a while
after he told the judge about threat to his life from a man
sitting in the courtroom. The man left the courtroom but was
nabbed by Delhi Police sleuths from the court premises and
produced before

At the very beginning of the trial which commenced on
November 11, Raja told Special CBI Judge O P Saini, who is
hearing the case, that he would not cross examine witnesses
until CBI files its third charge sheet and makes a statement
that its probe in the case was complete.

During the one-and-half month of trial in the case, six
witnesses have already deposed and the cross-examination of
Raja`s ex-aide Achary is underway.
Achary, a prime witness in the case, had in his
deposition accused Raja and others of being involved in the 2G
scam and went on to state Raja`s alleged long association with
corporate honchos accused in the scam since his stint as
environment minister in 2005.

PTI

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