New Delhi: A. Raja, former telecom minister and the key accused in the 2G spectrum case, accused investigators on Friday of turning ex-aide Aseervatham Achary into a “false witness” against him.
“He is a created false witness and this is my ultimate case,” senior advocate Sushil Kumar, who is defending Raja, argued before the court of special judge O. P. Saini.
File photo of former telecom minister Andimuthu Raja being produced at Patiala House court in New Delhi. Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint.
Achary, Raja’s former additional private secretary and a key Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) witness in the case, gave details in his deposition of how Raja was in regular touch with other accused executives and their companies granted spectrum.
Kumar, during his cross examination of the witness, further contended that Achary’s statement on Thursday that he was being threatened by a person in the court room was a “drama” intended to influence the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear the pending bail petition of Raja’s former private secretary and co-accused R.K. Chandolia.
“This whole drama was meant for 2 January when Chandolia’s bail is coming in the Supreme Court as he (Achary) told the court that the person threatening him was sitting with Chandolia,” Kumar said.
At this stage, the judge wanted to know whether Achary had previously complained about any threat to his life.
“He (Achary) did not say anything earlier, and had he said it, then it would have been on record and many of them (accused) would not have got bail,” the judge said.