2G scam: Balwa withdraws plea for release of his cellphones
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 18:42
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 his application.

"It is submitted by advocate Sanjay Abbot (appearing for Balwa) that the application may be dismissed as withdrawn.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 Application is dismissed as withdrawn," the court said.

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 February 2.

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.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 18:42

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