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Raja ’hiding facts’ : CBI tells court

Raja ’hiding facts’ : CBI tells court
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First Published: Fri, Feb 18 2011. 08 22 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Feb 18 2011. 08 22 PM IST
New Delhi:Former telecom minister A Raja and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, arrested for their role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, were “evasive” and “hiding real facts” during questioning, the CBI told a Delhi court on Friday.
“They (Raja and Balwa) were evasive in answering the questions (during interrogation) and were hiding the real facts in the light of the facts and circumstances of the case regarding criminal conspiracy, trail of money etc,” CBI said before Special Judge O P Saini.
Remanding Balwa to judicial custody till 3 March, the judge sent him to Tihar Jail, where Raja too was lodged yesterday following completion of his 14-day CBI custody.
“It is submitted (by the CBI) that investigation is not yet complete and the accused (Balwa) may be remanded to judicial custody. Accused is remanded to judicial custody till 3 March,” the judge directed.
47-year-old Raja was arrested on February two on charges of criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Later, the charges of cheating and forgery were also slapped against them.
The court directed the jail authorities to consider Balwa’s plea for permission to have home-made food, carry medicines and special orthopaedics mattress and pillow, as per the jail manual.
“Balwa has moved three applications submitting that he may be allowed home cooked food, to carry medicines as well as special orthopaedics mattress and pillow as he is suffering from back pain.
“Jail Superintendent is directed to consider these applications as per jail manual,” the judge said.
The agency said more witnesses are to be examined and some more documents are yet to be recovered as the documents submitted by a telecom company to Department of Telecommunications for allocation of spectrum, on the basis of which their priority was to be determined, could not be traced yet.
“Keeping in view the veracity, seriousness and importance of the matter, Balwa is required to be kept in judicial custody as there is every likelihood of tampering of documents and his winning over or threatening witnesses,” CBI said while seeking judicial remand of the accused.
The DB group managing director was produced in court following expiry of his four-day CBI custody. Balwa was arrested on 8 February in Mumbai and had been flown to Delhi on a transit remand.
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First Published: Fri, Feb 18 2011. 08 22 PM IST