2G scam: Balwa withdraws plea for release of his cellphones
Swam Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, arrested for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, on Tuesday withdrew from a Delhi court his plea seeking release of his two mobile phones.
New Delhi: Swam Telecom promoter Shahid
Usman Balwa, arrested for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum
allocation scam involving former telecom minister A Raja,
on Tuesday withdrew from a Delhi court his plea seeking release of
his two mobile phones.
Special CBI judge OP Saini allowed Balwa to withdraw
"It is submitted by advocate Sanjay Abbot (appearing
for Balwa) that the application may be dismissed as withdrawn.
Prayer allowed. Application is dismissed as withdrawn," the
Balwa had moved the court seeking release of his two
phones which was seized by CBI during his arrest.
CBI had opposed the release of his mobile phones
saying it was a key evidence and their data had to be examined
as part of the ongoing probe in 2G spectrum case.
"Mobile phones these days are very advanced with
various features and this has to be looked into. It is a case
of criminal conspiracy and forensic evidence is necessary. It
is a primary evidence and thus we are opposing its release,"
CBI had said.
CBI had also told the court that if Balwa requires the
data stored in his phone, he can approach the investigating
officer of the case.
Balwa was arrested from Mumbai on February 8 while A
Raja, former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and Raja`s
former personal secretary RK Chandolia were arrested on
The four face CBI probe for their alleged roles in 2G
spectrum scam under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the
IPC, including those related to abuse of official positions,
hatching criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery in the process
of the allocation of the spectrum.