December 8th, 2011
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2G case: Court allows Swamy to depose as witness

swami[New Delhi: A Delhi court has allowed Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy to become a witness in support of his private complaint against Home Minister P Chidambaram in 2G case.The court has asked Swamy to appear in the witness box on December 17 to make his statement.

The special CBI court will then decide on Subramanian Swamy’s plea to examine witnesses to establish Chidambaram’s alleged complicity in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation case. On December 17, Mr Swamy will also explain to the court as to why the two witnesses- HC Awasthi, Joint Director with the CBI and Sindhushree Khullar, former Joint Secretary in the Finance Ministry need to be examined.  “Other witnesses as mentioned in the list of witnesses filed with the application shall be allowed to be summoned only after relevance of their testimony is explained by the complainant (Swamy),” the court said.

On December 17, under section 200 of CRPC, Swamy will record his statement. Thereafter, if the court is convinced it will record the statements of the witnesses Swamy wants under Section 202 of CRPC. Then the court may or may not take cognizance of case against Chidambaram.

The Home Minister P Chidambaram refused to comment on court’s order. Congress leader Pallam Raju said, “Let’s not be unfair to Chidambaram, matter is subjudice.” The NDA says that they will continue their boycott against Chidambaram in Parliament.

The court had on December 3 reserved its order on Dr. Swamy’s plea seeking permission to examine himself afresh, senior CBI officials and others to prove that Chidambaram had taken a joint decision with former Telecom Minister A Raja regarding fixing the price for 2G spectrum.

He had claimed that Mr. Chidambaram, as the then Finance Minister, had permitted Swan Telecom and Unitech, who had secured the licences, to sell their shares to foreign companies. Mr Swamy contends that Mr Chidambaram endorsed the decisions that allowed Mr Raja to execute his swindle.




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