Date fixed for final arguments in 2G Case

RSTV Bureau

kanimozhi_dmkA special court on Wednesday fixed November 10 for commencing final arguments in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case in which former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and 15 others, including three firms, are facing trial.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini, who is exclusively dealing with the 2G scam cases, posted the matter for November 10 after concluding the recording of the statements of defence witnesses in the case.

“Put up on November 10, as before that case titled CBI vs Ravikant Ruia and others and the PMLA case are listed for defence evidence and arguments on charges respectively,” the judge said.

However, the court on wednesday fixed for tomorrow the CBI’s plea seeking its permission to summon some persons as prosecution witnesses, including Enforcement Directorate (ED) Deputy Director Rajeshwar Singh, in connection with the case.

The CBI had said these persons were required to be examined as witnesses in the ongoing trial as some new facts have emerged in the probe conducted by the ED which had filed a separate charge sheet against 19 accused in a 2G scam-related money laundering case.

It has recorded statements of CBI witnesses, including Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani, his wife Tina Ambani and former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, running into over 4,400 pages in the case involving Raja and 16 others.

In the separate case against promoters of Essar Group, Loop Telecom and others, the court is now recording defence evidence.

The stage for the trial in the case involving Raja and 16 others, which had started on November 11, 2011, was set after the court had framed charges against the 17 accused named in the first two charge sheets.