Hyderabad: The Special Court hearing the
multi-crore Satyam Computer accounting scam today pulled up
the counsel for B Ramalinga Raju, the prime accused, for not
submitting an affidavit on whether he can be examined through
a questionnaire given by the court.
"The case cannot go on like this for days together. If
you don`t file your affidavit, we will decide the issue as per
law. The court has already given two adjournments on this,"
Magistrate B V L N Chakravarti said while deferring the matter
to July 12.
The disgraced former chairman of Satyam is undergoing
treatment at the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences here for
Hepatitis C since late last year. To speed up the trial, the
court wanted to know if Raju, who is not attending court
proceedings on health grounds, can be examined through a
The court also ordered the CBI to file an affidavit on
the status of the pending investigation into the scam, which
came to light in January last year.
The Central agency expressed its inability to file the
affidavit at this juncture, saying it was awaiting a reply
from foreign countries on suspected fund diversion by the
CBI Deputy Inspector General Lakshmi Narayana said
Letters of Rogatory (a formal request from an Indian to a
foreign court for judicial assistance) have been sent to six
countries -- the USA, UK, Belgium, British Virgin Islands,
Mauritius and Singapore. Of these, four have sent their
"We are yet to get replies from Belgium and the British
Virgin Islands, where we have found a large number of
transactions took place," the DIG said.
He said unless these governments cooperate with the CBI,
the Indian agency can`t do anything except put pressure on
them through Interpol