Swan Telecom promoters and 2G case accused Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka had visited the office of A Raja more than 20 times during his tenure as minister of environment and forests, a key CBI witness told a Delhi court on Tuesday.
Aseervartham Achary, an ex-aide of the former telecom minister, told Special CBI Judge O P Saini that the officials of other companies, including Jaypee Group, DLF and Dalmia Cement, also used to visit the office of that ministry.
Testifying as seventh prosecution witness in the case, he said, "I saw Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka approximately more than 20 times in the office of the minister of environment and forests. I do not remember even by approximation as to how many environmental clearances were issued in favour of the companies of these two persons.
"I remember people from Jaypee Group, DLF, Dalmia Cement etc visiting the office of the minister."
The court is likely to decide on taking cognizance of CBI's third charge-sheet arising out of investigation in the 2G scam case against Essar Group and Loop Telecom promoters and three companies.
The judge will also pass an order whether the offence against the Essar-Loop and their promoters are triable by a magistrate or the designated court.
The court overruled the objection raised by the accused in the scam over the presence of the investigating officer in courtroom during the trial of the case.