Shahid Balwa, promoter of DB Realty group and one of the accused in the 2G scam, has moved the special CBI court seeking a copy of the Niira Radia tapes.
The tapes have been crucial in exposing the 2G scam and have been relied upon by the Centre for Public Interest and Litigation (CPIL) while arguing the PIL before the Supreme Court praying for a court-appointed CBI investigation.
Radia is one of the 127 witnesses whose statement has been recorded by the CBI. The corporate lobbyist was confronted with the taped conversation during her interrogation.
In his application before additional sessions judge OP Saini, Balwa has claimed the Radia tapes is an essential document as CBI has relied upon it heavily while recording her statement.
Balwa’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal said: “The conversations are in the CBI's possession, but, we were not supplied with it. The taped conversation is an essential part of evidence and, though, the statement of one of the witnesses is based upon it, the CBI hasn't provided us with a copy.”
Balwa has also asked for the statutory register of Tiger Traders, one of the Reliance ADAG firms. Tiger Traders held shares in Swan Telecom when the latter applied for the 2G spectrum licence in March 2007.
This document has been referred to by DB Realty group’s former chartered accountant Deodatta Pandit. In his statement before the CBI, Pandit has alleged he had forged the documents of Tiger Traders' holding company, M/s Giraffe Consultancy, in order to show that Swan Telecom was eligible when it applied for the 2G licence.
Balwa has also asked for the forensic reports that have been referred to by the CBI in its chargesheet.
Though the CBI has accused Balwa and others of committing forgery on the basis of these reports, the agency has not made it a part of the chargesheet and, therefore, not supplied it to the accused.