2G scam: Arguments on framing of charges today
Delhi court will today start the arguments on framing of charges against former telecom minister A Raja and former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura in 2G spectrum allocation scam.delhi Updated: Jul 21, 2011 09:56 IST
Delhi court will today start the arguments on framing of charges against former telecom minister A Raja and former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura in 2G spectrum allocation scam.
On Wednesday, the court dismissed the pleas of A Raja and Siddhartha Behura for postponing the scheduled arguments.
Special CBI judge O P Saini dismissed the duo's plea saying the court will start hearing arguments on framing of charges against them from Thursday as decided earlier.
Raja and Behura had opposed the scheduled commencement of arguments by the court, saying it should be fixed for a later date after filing of the third charge sheet in the case.
They had sought the postponement on the ground that completion of the probe is a pre-requisite for beginning of arguments on framing of charges.
"When CBI is exercising its statutory right to carry out further investigation, the accused cannot claim to stop the trial on the plea that police investigation is pending as it may cover several aspects, more so, in a complicated investigation as in the instant case and in some cases, it may continue for a long time," the court said.
"Neither the accused nor the court can ask the police to conclude further investigation as it is their statutory duty as well right," said Saini dismissing their pleas.
"Moreover, a statement has been made in the instant case and the investigation into the allegations contained in the charge sheet pending trial in the court is complete," the judge said.
First Published: Jul 21, 2011 08:50 IST