November 23rd, 2011
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2G case: Stay on shift to Tihar jail

court-orderNew Delhi: The Delhi high court on Wednesday stayed the shift in the trial of the 2G case to the Tihar Jail. A full bench headed by acting chief justice AK Sikri passed the order after the accused approached the court seeking a stay on an administrative order passed by it shifting the trial. The court also said that the decision to shift the trial was an administrative one.

The accused in 2G spectrum case had approached the Delhi high court challenging its administrative decision to shift the trial in the case from its present venue at Patiala House courts to high-security Tihar Jail. Around 15 defence lawyers raised the matter before a bench of justices SK Kaul and Rajiv Shakdher and sought its intervention on the decision to shift the trial saying it would cause a lot of inconvenience to the lawyers and the accused.

“This case is not related to any terrorist activity where there is a security threat. It is only a case of economic offence that does not warrant this decision,” one of the defence lawyers said in the packed courtroom.

“Moreover, bigger courtrooms are already available in the Patiala House court complex where the trial could be conducted,” he said.

Justice Kaul responded to the plea by saying, “I will personally meet the acting Chief Justice and take up the matter. Suppose, you do not get adequate relief, then you can always move a writ petition on the issue,” he observed.

The special CBI judge conducting the trial in the matter had on Tuesday announced shifting of the trial to Tihar Jail from November 24 in accordance with a Delhi high court notification of November 21.



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