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2G case: Sadhick Batch's driver fears for life, cried in court

PTI  New Delhi, May 06, 2013
First Published: 21:02 IST(6/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:03 IST(6/5/2013)

A prosecution witness on Monday brokedown in a Delhi court, hearing the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, saying he is facing life threat and does not wish to come here again.

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Prosecution witness M Krishnamoorthy, former driver of late Sadhick Batcha, who was an aide of former telecom minister A Raja, broke down in the court minutes after the recording of his testimony got over.

Batcha, who committed suicide on March 16, 2011, was the managing director of real estate company Green House Promoters in which Raja's wife MA Parameswari was earlier a director and his other relatives were also reportedly associated with the firm.

As Krishnamoorthy does not understand any language except Tamil, the questions asked to him and his replies were translated in English by Public Prosecutor Chenthil Kumar K.

When the witness started crying, prosecutor Kumar told the court that he feels his life was under threat as he is a small person while the "other party is quite influential".

On being repeatedly asked by Special CBI Judge OP Saini, he could not point out as to who was "influential" and to whom he was addressing as "other party".

He, however, said even his employers Green House Promoters" are "very influential".

"Chenthil Kumar K invited my attention to him (witness) and told that the witness says that his life is under threat. He says that he is a small person and other party is quite influential. However, despite questioning him several times, he could not point out as to who is influential.

"However, after being told that his statement is over and he need not come again, he says he does not wish to say anything else. He further says that from the date of incident, he is not peaceful. He says he has nothing else to say to this court," the judge said, asking the prosecutor to console the witness.

During the proceedings, the court said the witness appeared "to be a reasonably intelligent person".

Green House Promoters Private Ltd, was registered in 2004, shortly before Raja, an accused in the 2G case, became a union minister.

On March 16, 2011, Batcha was found hanging in his room on the day when he was to be questioned by CBI in Delhi in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case.

The agency was investigating Green House Promoters for its alleged links with those accused in the 2G case.

In his suicide note, Batcha was reported to have said that he had been embarrassed by the media's coverage of the CBI raids of his house.


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