2G case: Notice to CBI on Balwa’s plea (Lead)

February 22nd, 2012 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea filed by Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa seeking to quash charges against him in the 2G case.

Justice M.L. Mehta sought the CBI response by March 13.

Balwa, who was released on bail by a CBI special court, moved the high court to quash the main and supplementary chargesheet filed by the investigating agency against him.

“There is no circumstantial evidences of conspiracy, to be proved either directly or indirectly, against the petitioner, thus, the alleged accused could not be held responsible even for the offences of criminal conspiracy punishable under section 120 B of IPC (Indian Penal Code),” Balwa said.

Seeking discharge from charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the petitioner said: “There is no evidence on record to prove these facts that the accused had obtained for himself or for any other person any valuable things or pecuniary advantage.”

Balwa, along with other accused, was booked under penal provisions related to criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and forgery. He was also booked under the anti-corruption law.

The court framed additional charges against him under penal provisions for giving false evidence and criminal conspiracy for creating false documents to show as loan transaction the Rs.200 crore allegedly paid to the DMK-run Kalaignar TV.

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