B Ramalinga Raju, founder chairman of the scam-hit Satyam computers, has attempted to influence witnesses, CBI on Tuesday alleged before the Supreme Court, which pulled up the agency for filing a bulky chargesheet in the over Rs 10,000 crore scam case.
CBI, which commenced the arguments on its petition seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Raju by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, said he "misused" the bail by meeting one of the witnesses in the case and tried to "influence" him.
But a bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma, expressed its displeasure that the agency filed a chargesheet in case running into over 10,000 pages and naming more than 250 witnesses.
"Instead of relying on quantity of materials, you should have concentrated on the quality of evidence and witnesses.
"Number of the witness does not matter, what matters is the quality of witnesses. Court has also to maintain balance of interest of both prosecution and liberty of accused. If we have to examine so many witnesses then there would a reasonable impression that the trial is not going to complete in reasonable time," the bench said when Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval was making submission for CBI.
"Anyone will understand that it (trial) is not going to be concluded (in near future). Realistically it would be difficult for any court to deal with it," the bench said asking the CBI to make its submissions in a precise manner and not to produce multiple witnesses for a same document before the trial court in Hyderabad.
Raval also raised doubts over the heath condition of Raju, who was granted bail in August.
"Even in the hospital, he was meeting with many peoples," he said.