CBI questions timing of CD, says wrong to say 2G trial hit
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Giving out the sequence of events that led to the removal of the public prosecutor, the top official said, "The CBI received a CD containing the conversation between two persons from a source 10 days back. After initial probe, we registered a PE and removed Singh from the 2G case." The CBI refused to reveal the identity of the source.
This was also confirmed by JPC chairman P C Chacko, who said that CBI Director Ranjit Sinha had informed the panel members that the tape was received by a DIG of the CBI from "a source" 10 days ago. The DIG in turn had handed it over to the director. Sinha appeared before the JPC Tuesday and was examined by JPC members.
Responding to a pointed query on whether the tapping was the result of an operation by the counter-intelligence wing of the CBI or someone else, Chacko said he could say from what transpired at the meeting that it was not the work of "a government agency".
Sinha is learnt to have also told the JPC that prima-facie the voices on the tape were those of Chandra and A K Singh.
DMK wants Raja called to JPC
As JPC chairman P C Chacko sought to conclude the process of examining witnesses Tuesday, DMK members T R Baalu and Tiruchi Siva made a forceful plea for summoning former minister and their party colleague A Raja as a witness. Sources disclosed that DMK members also demanded that Shahid Balwa of Swan Telecom be called. Chacko told the media that he would be considering the matter as well as consulting other members of the committee informally.
The JPC chief added that experience had shown that calling a person who is an accused in a court case serves no purpose because he cannot make any fresh revelations before the committee. He added that should Raja be called, he would be the last witness. However, if one former minister is called, it would have implications vis-a-vis other former ministers too.