The Delhi high court has finalised its decision to set up an exclusive court to conduct the trial of 2G spectrum scam. The special court would hold expeditious hearing in the case.
According to sources close to decision-making body, the HC has agreed to appoint special CBI judge OP Saini, who is at present conducting the hearing in the case, as the special judge to exclusively deal with the matter.
The decision came in light of the Supreme Court's remarks on setting up a special court in view of the magnitude of the offence.
Earlier the Supreme Court bench of justice GS Singhvi and justice AK Ganguly said, "Unless the government is prepared to create a special court, the purpose will not be served. It is the need of the hour. We must have exclusive courts to deal with these offences."
Moreover, the bench had said "We have to get a special court if we want objective of the statue to be achieved. It cannot be done with existing manpower and infrastructure," the bench had said.
Balwa to appear via video-conferencing
Meanwhile, in an another development in the case, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, lodged in Tihar Jail for his alleged role in 2G scam, was allowed on Monday by a Delhi court to participate in its proceedings through video conferencing.
Balwa was allowed to participate in the court proceeding via video conferencing, close on the heels of a similar permission granted to A Raja.
Kalaignar TV’s MD questioned
CBI on Monday grilled the Chennai-based Kalaignar TV’s MD Sharad Kumar and Mumbai-based Cineyug Films’ founder Karim Morani in connection with a suspected money-trail in the 2G scam. Both were questioned over the alleged loan/advance of around R200 crore that the channel had received in 2009 from Cineyug allegedly at the behest of case accused Shahid Balwa.
HTC, New Delhi