Moves court for summoning CBI official to testify

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Thursday told a special court, hearing his private complaint, that he had fresh evidence indicating that the former Telecom and Finance Ministers, A. Raja and P. Chidambaram, were jointly responsible for deciding the 2G spectrum pricing and the UAS licence entry fee.

Dr. Swamy moved an application seeking that he be recalled as a complainant to depose further and sought the summoning of officials, including a person from the office of the CBI Joint Director, to record their testimony “in the interest of justice.”

“The fact that the two Ministers together decided that the prices of spectrum and the entry fee should be lumped together at the 2001 level and decided against the market price of the 2007-08 period for the entry fee is confirmed by the speech of the Prime Minister in the Rajya Sabha on February 24, 2011,” Dr. Swamy's application said.

The application, filed under Section 311 of the Criminal Procedure Code for summoning of witnesses, also alleged that there were records in Dr. Swamy and the CBI's possession which suggested that “despite the impression created that the Ministry of Finance was opposed to the fixation of price at the level of 2001, Mr. Chidambaram entered into a discussion with the accused, A. Raja, to jointly determine the spectrum price.”

Dr. Swamy said he had established “some communication” with the CBI through which “some new facts have emerged.” To prove the “communication,” the official concerned from the office of the CBI Joint Director should be summoned.

The matter is listed for hearing by Special Judge O. P. Saini on September 26.

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