'2G case counsel tried to meet me in chamber'
Special Judge OP Saini, trying the 2G spectrum allocation case, today disclosed that one of the 2G case counsel tried to meet him in his chambers and asked them to be "on guard."delhi Updated: Apr 17, 2012 21:04 IST
Special Judge OP Saini, trying the 2G spectrum allocation case, on Tuesday disclosed that one of the 2G case counsel tried to meet him in his chambers and asked him to be "on guard."
Special Judge Saini expressed anguish that the lawyers who preach "morals" and "principles" during the proceedings, flout the same themselves.
"You (defence counsel) are talking about morals and principles, but (one of) you were trying to meet me in my chamber," the judge said.
He made the remarks after the defence counsel raised objections to the manner of recording of the statement of prosecution witness and former Telecom Secretary DS Mathur.
The lawyers were insisting that the court should record whatever words were spoken by Mathur during cross-examination.
Mathur had spoken a word but immediately sought to explain which was objected to by some defence counsel.
"If you (defence counsel) are insisting that please record each and every word dropped from anybody's mouth, then you please be on guard. You put so many wrong questions but I never say anything, but if you want this, please be on your guard," the judge said and disclosed in the open court that one of the lawyers involved in the trial of the case had tried to meet him in his chamber.
Judge Saini said that every question asked in the court during the trial should be relevant.
"Every question should unfold its relevance or irrelevance as this is an open court. Everybody commits mistake as everybody is learning," he said.
As the day's proceedings came to an end, senior advocate RN Mittal, who represents various accused in the case, asked the judge whether the defence counsel could file application seeking court's permission to make any prosecution witness an accused in the case.
To this, the judge said as per law, they could do so but they should see at what point of time they should make such a plea.