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New Delhi: A special court on Wednesday said the final arguments in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case in which former telecom minister A. Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi and 15 others, including three firms, are facing trial will commence from 10 November.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge O.P. Saini, who is exclusively dealing with the 2G scam cases, posted the matter for 10 November after concluding the recording of the statements of defence witnesses in the case.

“Put up on 10 November, as before that case titled CBI vs Ravikant Ruia and others and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case are listed for defence evidence and arguments on charges respectively," the judge said.

However, the court on Wednesday fixed for Thursday CBI’s plea seeking its permission to summon some persons as prosecution witnesses, including Enforcement Directorate (ED) deputy director Rajeshwar Singh, in connection with the case.

CBI had said these persons were required to be examined as witnesses in the ongoing trial as some new facts have emerged in the probe conducted by ED which had filed a separate charge sheet against 19 accused in a 2G scam-related money laundering case.

The court has recorded statements of 153 prosecution witnesses while the accused have examined 29 witnesses in their defence.

The court has also disposed of around 1,150 applications filed by the accused as well as CBI.

It has recorded statements of CBI witnesses, including Reliance group chairman Anil Ambani, his wife Tina Ambani and former corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, running into over 4,400 pages in the case involving Raja and 16 others.

In the separate case against promoters of Essar Group, Loop Telecom and others, the court is now recording defence evidence.

The stage for the trial in the case involving Raja and 16 others, which had started on 11 November 2011, was set after the court had framed charges against the 17 accused named in the first two charge sheets.

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