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New Delhi: A special court on Tuesday deferred by a day its order on Central Bureau of India’s (CBI) plea to summon additional prosecution witnesses, including enforcement directorate’s (ED) deputy director Rajeshwar Singh, in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Special CBI judge O.P. Saini, who was scheduled to pass the order on Tuesday, said “the order is not ready" and that it will be pronounced on Wednesday. The court had on 11 November reserved its order for Tuesday after hearing arguments on the plea which was opposed by former telecom minister A. Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazagham MP Kanimozhi and others who are facing trial in the case.

While Raja and Kanimozhi had questioned the legality of CBI plea at the fag end of trial, some of the other co-accused had argued that the agency’s intentions were malafide and it was delaying the trial as the evidence in the case has already been closed.

Special public prosecutor Anand Grover had argued that under provision of the CrPC even after closing of evidence in a case, an application for summoning material witnesses was maintainable. He had submitted that at this stage, the witnesses and documents which the agency wished to call were relevant and he would complete recording of evidence of these five witnesses in a week.

CBI had moved the plea seeking court’s permission to summon some prosecution witnesses and to place additional documents on record, saying they were necessary to arrive at the truth.

Besides Rajeshwar Singh, CBI has sought permission to call ED’s assistant director Satyendra Singh, under secretary of ministry of information and broadcasting Navil Kapur and bank official D. Mani.

Apart from these four persons, the agency has sought to recall general manager (finance) of Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd G. Rajendran, who had earlier deposed as a witness in the case, for further examination.

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