2G: Accused says prosecution using forged recordsJune 7th, 2012 - 8:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) A CBI special court here hearing the 2G case Thursday kept as pending its order on a plea seeking specimen signature of a prosecution witness whose signatures were allegedly forged in the visitors’ book of the telecom department.
The application was filed by accused and director of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. Rajiv Agarwal, pointing to allegedly forged entries in the department of telecommunications’s (DoT) records in the name of Tata Teleservices official Anand Dalal.
Citing Dalal’s case, Agarwal alleged that the prosecution had filed doctored documents in court to implicate the accused.
Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge O.P. Saini said: “Keep the order on the matter pending for appropriate stage as it involves appreciation of evidence.”
Agarwal said that the department of telecommunications visitors’ record showed that Dalal, witness and Tata Teleservices senior vice-president, corporate regulatory affairs, visited the office Jan 8-9.
But during cross-examination Dalal May 2 said that both the entries were in his name but did not bear his signature, Agarwal said.
“That the statement on record made by the witness that the entries appearing in visitor register do not bear his signatures, clearly establish the fact that the said entries have been interpolated or forged in the document by someone with ulterior motives,” said Agarwal.
He pleaded that the accused involved in the alleged forgery must be tried.
“That the aforesaid forgery in the prosecution documents surfaced during the cross examination of Dalal and cannot be brushed aside lightly. There may be more such doctored documents which may contain false and fabricated information and are not yet within the knowledge of the accused persons,” said Agarwal.
According to the government auditor, former telecom minister A. Raja was biased while distributing second generation (2G) mobile airwaves and operating licences to telecom firms, causing a loss of up to Rs.1.76 lakh crore in lost revenues to the treasury.
A total of 19 individuals and six companies are accused in two separate cases related to allotment of 2G spectrum. All the individual accused are out on bail.
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