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Witness deliberately suppressing facts to save Shahid Balwa: CBI

CBI alleged that a retd bank official was "deliberately supressing" facts about his conversation with Shahid Usman Balwa to save him.



New Delhi: CBI Tuesday alleged in a Delhi court that a retired bank official was "deliberately supressing" facts about his conversation with Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa to save him from punishment in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.

The agency said Sanat Kumar Aggarwal, who is a prosecution witness, is supressing facts about his conversation with Balwa on November 9, 2007 regarding the likely date of distribution of letter of intents (LoIs) for 2G licences by the Department of Telecom (DoT).

The prosecutor said Aggarwal, who retired as Deputy General Manager of Punjab National Bank, Mumbai branch, had recorded his statement with CBI during the probe into the case that Balwa, who is one of the main accused in the scam, had spoken to him on November 9, 2007 about the likely date of distribution of LoIs.
However, during the trial, the former banker said he did not remember if he had given such a statement, which prompted the CBI counsel to accuse him of resiling from his earlier statement.

PTI

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