2G case & Chidambaram: Court allows Swamy to depose
The court told Swamy that the list of witnesses, which he had filed with his application, for summoning some senior CBI officials and other public servants to press his case would be allowed only after he could explain the relevance of their testimony.
“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.
The judge said Swamy could lead evidence in support of his complaint as he has referred to the role of other conspirators in it.
“In view of the facts that complainant was not aware of the identity of additional proposed accused at the time of filing of complaint, but has now come to know about it, he is not prevented in law from leading evidence on this point, more so, when he has referred to the role of other conspirators in his complaint,” the judge said.
The court directed Swamy to appear in the witness box on December 17 to lead further evidence in support of his complaint against Chidambaram.
Swamy believes their testimonies will be crucial for backing his claim that then finance minister Chidambaram worked together with A Raja in the 2G scam.
“The court has allowed the petition. I have the chance to make a strong case. If I make a strong case then summons could be made to Chidambaram,” Swamy 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 issue has generated heat in the Parliament. Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon with the opposition BJP demanding that the Home Minister should resign. BJP leader Venkaih Naidu says Chidambaram should have resigned long ago.
“Chidambaram should have resigned when the case has come against him. This is the reason why we boycotted him in the Parliament. The order given by the court today has strengthened our stand further. BJP demands the Home Minister’s resignation,” Naidu said.
The court had on December 3 reserved its order on 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 Chidambaram, as the then Finance Minister, had permitted Swan Telecom and Unitech, who had secured the licences, to sell their shares to foreign companies.
(With additional inputs from PTI)
8 DEC, 2011, 12.04PM IST, PTI
2G scam: Opposition for P Chidamaram’s resignation, Lok Sabha adjourned till noon
NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon today following uproar over NDA demand for resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram for his alleged role in the 2G scam, and some other issues.
As soon as Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question Hour, NDA members were on their feet demanding resignation of Chidambaram pointing out a Delhi court order allowing Subramanian Swamy’s re-examination as witness in his complaint against the Home Minister in the 2G case.
DMK member T R Baalu was heard demanding a discussion on the Mullaperiyar dam issue in Parliament while some other members trooped into the Well and raised slogans.
The Speaker tried to bring the House in order but opposition members were unrelenting with JD(U) members also in the Well.
BJP members continued to raise slogans ‘Griha Mantri Istifa Do (Home Minister resign)’ from their seats.
With the unruly scenes continuing, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.
BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi later told reporters that since a Delhi court has taken note of this, there should be a probe. “In this situation, Chidambaram should submit his resignation on his own, or else the Prime Minister should sack him,” he said.
Ahead of the Winter Session, the NDA had decided to boycott Chidambaram in Parliament, alleging his involvement in the 2G scam during his tenure as Finance Minister. The NDA wants Chidambaram to quit.
2G: Court allows Subramanian Swamy to be witness against Chidambaram
PTI | Dec 8, 2011, 10.46AM IST
NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Thursday allowed Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy to become a witness in his complaint against home minister P Chidambaram in 2G case.
The court told 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.
Swamy has sought to make Chidambaram a party in the case, saying the decision on spectrum pricing was taken jointly by him and former telecom minister A Raja, who is presently lodged in Tihar Jail.
“Charges should also be framed against P Chidambaram. Accordingly, the process for it should be initiated,” Swamy told the court.
He added that the official documents given to him by the CBI following the court’s order establish that four meetings took place between Chidambaram and Raja, in which a decision was taken to keep spectrum prices at 2001 level.
He also referred to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that the then finance minister had consulted with Raja and the two worked out on an agreed formula on pricing of spectrum.
“Raja had recorded on a file and a press note that the then finance minister had permitted the sale of licences to foreign companies – Etisalat of Dubai and Norway’s Telenor – despite both the firms being under the home ministry’s scanner,” Swamy said.
“Swan Telecom and Unitech sold their shares to Etisalat and Telenor respectively. They were under the scanner of the home ministry and the ministry had recommended that these two companies should not be allowed to do business in India,” Swamy added.
Swamy, who is pursuing a private complaint in the 2G scam, had also sought to examine CBI officials concerned “to establish the nexus of accused persons with others, who have intentionally not been made accused by the prosecuting agency”.