Not much damage to case against Raja, Kanimozhi: CBI to tell SC

In the wake of an alleged collusion between its prosecutor in 2G scam and one of the accused, Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra, the CBI, in its status report to the Supreme Court, will claim that "prima-facie not much damage has been done to its case against other accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi".

It will claim that key witness A K Srivastava, the then DDG Telecom, has "not been compromised". The CBI was supposed to submit the report on Monday but it was deferred. In the alleged tape, CBI prosecutor A K Singh can be heard referring to Srivastava's statement. But the team examining the damage caused to CBI's case has not found anything incriminating so far.

The team also scoured through the calls details record of the prosecution members, said an official. Chandra in his statement earlier has denied all the allegations.

The CBI registered a preliminary enquiry soon after the alleged tapes were sent to one of its senior officials. It now suspects that there are more such tapes which could have been recorded during the conversation between A K Singh and other accused persons.

"We have found that the 17-minute conversation between Singh and Chandra was recorded in one of the room over the table. It is suspected that Singh might have spoken to other accused persons, including Swan telecom promoter Shahid Balwa," a CBI official said.

It is learnt that both Chandra and Singh are "reluctant" to provide their voice samples. The agency is planning to approach court to get it. Under the law, the consent of Singh and Chandra is required for seeking their voice samples. "We are exploring the possibility of obtaining the voice samples with the directions of court and get it examined at CFSL," said a senior CBI official. The alleged tape has already been sent to CFSL to check its authenticity.

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