The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday opposed the applications moved by Etisalat DB promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables co-owners Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal seeking that the probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam be monitored by the special court here, noting that the plea under Section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code was “infructuous and liable to be rejected”.
In its reply to the application, the CBI said the investigation was carried out in accordance with the law and “under the constant monitoring of the Supreme Court.” Noting that there was no scope for any direction from the court under Section 156(3), the CBI said: “The accused may be directed/advised to advance all their contentions before this court. The grounds mentioned in the application are infructuous and liable to be rejected.”
The CBI said that after the charge sheet was filed — copies of which have been provided to the accused — their “contentions are of no significance.” Stating that the charge sheet was the result of an in-depth and thorough investigation, the agency claimed that “the material collected during investigation, oral as well as documentary, is more than sufficient to establish/prove the allegations against the accused persons”.
Cineyug Films promoter and noted Bollywood producer Karim Morani, who was named in the supplementary charge sheet filed by the CBI on April 25, is slated to appear before the special court on Tuesday. He had on May 6 sought exemption from appearance in court on medical grounds, following which Special Judge O.P. Saini issued fresh summons for this Tuesday.