Satyam scam: Raju may be tried through video-conferencing

Hyderabad: The special court trying the former chairman of Satyam Computers, B Ramalinga Raju in the Rs 7,800 crore Satyam scam, may examine him through video-conferencing as the former is not able to depose before it due to ill health.

"Raju is not able to appear before the court as he is hospitalised. Based on NIMS health report, we will decide on filing a petition requesting the court to examine him through video conferencing or any other means," CBI's deputy legal advisor B Ravindranath told PTI.

The 55-year-old prime accused in the multi-crore scam is suffering from Hepatitis-C and is undergoing treatment at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here.

Raju, who is in judicial remand, is "abstaining" from court proceedings since September last year citing health reasons, initially for heart ailment and now for hepatitis since December 5.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate and special judge trying the Satyam scam cases, BVLN Chakravarti, on April 12 had asked the NIMS to furnish details of Raju's health condition on a daily basis with copies of daily case sheets and medical examinations conducted on him since March 31 for verification.

However, no report was filed by the NIMS before the court after which the judge issued reminder to NIMS Director to submit a report forthwith by April 23 without fail.