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PM should be called in as witness, says Balwa

Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa told the CBI special court that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should appear in court as a witness in 2G spectrum scam.

delhi Updated: Apr 28, 2011 01:08 IST
HT Correspondent

Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa told the CBI special court that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should appear in court as a witness in 2G spectrum scam.

Balwa submitted documentary evidence citing correspondence between former Telecom Minister A Raja and the Prime Minister relating to the 2G spectrum, which has been annexed with chargesheet, for demanding that Singh be made a witness.

Majid Memon, appearing for Balwa, told Special CBI Judge O P Saini, “CBI is producing letters of Raja and the prime minister as evidence. They (CBI) should have made the prime minister a witness in the case.” Memon was arguing on Balwa’s bail application.

During the arguments, Memon also pointed out to the letters written by Raja to the prime minister on November 2, 2007 and the subsequent letters to Raja from the Prime Minister.

He said when Swan Telecom applied for the licences, neither Raja was the telecom minister nor his personal secretary R K Chandolia, who has named as accused in the chargesheet, was there.

“CBI is saying Raja misled the PM. If it is so, then it should be the PM who should say this, not the CBI,” Memon said. The court adjourned the matter for further arguments.

Pressing for Balwa's bail, Memon said that the offence under which his client has been charged does not fall under the category of grave offences punishable up to life imprisonment or death penalty.

He alleged that CBI is enjoying that Balwa is behind the bars. “CBI says that Balwa cannot come out of jail as if they are enjoying my (Balwa’s) sufferings behind the bars," he said.

“CBI may be feeling a sense of shame if they will not oppose the bail plea in such a high magnitude case and so they are opposing it.”
(With PTI inputs)