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Balwa accuses CBI of withholding docs in 2G case

Last Updated: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 20:31

New Delhi: Swan Telecom Promoter Shahid Usman
Balwa on Monday accused CBI of withholding from a Delhi court some
crucial documents relating to 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Majeed Menon, advocate for Balwa, cited a "personal
discussion" between the then Minister of External Affairs
(Pranab Mukherjee) and the then Solicitor General (G E
Vahanvati) on the important issue of the allocation policy to
be followed as an example to buttress his allegation against
the agency.
"There was a personal discussion between the then
Minister of External Affairs and the then Solicitor General on
the allocation policy. CBI should place all the documents
before this court," Memon told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

CBI records, including the charge sheet, are silent on
various issues, he said, adding Special Public Prosecutor U U
Lalit also did not refer to a letter written by former Telecom
Minister A Raja to the Prime Minister on December 26, 2007.

"When the Special Public Prosecutor was addressing
this court, how conveniently he spoke about the letter (of
Raja) of November 2, 2007 only. This act of ommisison is act
of suppression in my opinion. There is no explanation why he
did not point out the letter of December 26," Memon said.
Raja, in his December 26 letter, allegedly wrote about
the shift in the first-come-first served policy saying it was
also approved by Attorney General G E Vahanvati, the then
Solicitor General.

The letter said that instead of according seniority on
the basis of date of application, DoT decided to award
licenses to companies which would comply with the terms of LoI


First Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 20:31

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