The special CBI court on Saturday adjourned the hearing of the graft case that surfaced last year against senior Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and former chief parliamentary secretary in SAD-BJP led government, Raj Khurana, as the opinion of the central forensic lab (CFSL) on the video of the trap proceedings and the spy camera recordings is still awaited.
The case which was listed for arguments on charge will now come up for hearing on August 25.
During the resumed hearing of the case before the special CBI judge, Vimal Kumar, the defense sought time for arguments on charge as the opinion of the CFSL on video CD was still awaited, the same was granted by the court and the case was adjourned for August 25.
Meanwhile, Khurana, who was present in the court through his counsel, moved an application before the court seeking permission for going to America from August 3 to August 20. For which the court asked the CBI to file its reply on July 25, whether Khurana be allowed the permission.
CBI had filed a chargesheet on last hearing (April 21), indicting Khurana and two others - Davinder Singh Thapa, a junior assistant in the office of the registrar of firms and societies, Punjab; and Bhag Singh, private secretary at Punjab secretariat appointed as personal assistant of then minister Swarna Ram, that trio together hatched a criminal conspiracy for getting a complaint quashed against the executive members of the Punjab Automobile Mechanic Association and for that they demanded and accepted illegal gratification of Rs. 1.5 crore from the complainant.
The trio was arrested in May 2011. The complaint was to be quashed by then industries minister Manoranjan Kalia, and hence Thapa had convinced the complainant that it was Khurana who could get it quashed by Kalia.
In pursuance of the conspiracy, Bhag Singh got a note signed from Swarna Ram, then minister of technical education, social security, and woman and child welfare, who referred the complaint to Kalia for action. Bhag Singh made available the copy of the note to Thapa to help him be in a position to ask for the bribe, the chargesheet alleged.
It was Thapa who accepted Rs. 1.5 crore - Rs 15 lakh in cash and Rs 1.35 crore through nine cheques - at the official residence of Khurana on May 4, 2011, the night of the trap.