Balwa accuses CBI of withholding docs in 2G case
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Last Updated: Monday, August 01, 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.

PTI


First Published: Monday, August 01, 2011, 20:31


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