Satyam | Court upholds contention of defence lawyers

Satyam | Court upholds contention of defence lawyers

Hyderabad: A local court on Wednesday upheld the contention of defence lawyers of the multi-crore rupees Satyam Computers scam case to verify all documents of second charge sheet before being handed over to the accused in the case.

The CBI, investigating into the case, filed supplementary charge sheet against 10 accused including Satyam Computers disgraced chairman B Ramalinga Raju on 24 November.

The charge sheet contains 200 pages along with documents. The entire documentation runs into 55,000 pages.

When CBI’s petition for framing of charges came up in the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court, the agency’s deputy legal advisor B Ravindranath said it was ready to hand over the documents to the accused.

However, defence counsel Bharat Kumar raised objection and contended that the documents have to be supplied to the accused after verification which was mandatory as per the law.

The prosecution should follow certain procedure of law and it was mandatory to verify all the documents in thousands to be checked by the court before handing it over to the accused.

The magistrate, finally, agreed to get verification of the documents done and posted the case to 23 December.

The magistrate also extended the judicial remand of the accused till 23 December.

Except B Ramalinga Raju, who is undergoing treatment in NIMS hospital here, eight accused including two former auditors of Price Waterhouse were brought from Chanchalguda jail and produced before the court.

Another accused B Suryanarana Raju, who is on anticipatory bail, was also present in the court.