Statements of two witnesses in coal scam case recorded

Updated - November 16, 2021 08:31 pm IST

Published - June 05, 2015 01:15 am IST - NEW DELHI:

The special court on coal block allocation here on Thursday recorded the statements of two witnesses produced by the CBI in the matter involving Jharkhand Ispat Private Limited (JIPL). Both of them were reportedly in the CBI team that searched the premises of the accused.

The two witnesses were Dewesh Kumar, an officer of Canara Bank in Delhi, and R.P. Verma, an official of the National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation in Ranchi. The CBI sought the court’s permission to drop two other prosecution witnesses during the hearing.

While Mr. Verma said he had accompanied the CBI team on March 11, 2013, when it conducted search at Ramgarh office of JIPL, Mr. Kumar said he had joined the search in a house at Sadhna Enclave here.

During his cross-examination before Special Judge Bharat Parashar, Mr. Verma denied that he was a “planted and tutored” witness of the CBI, but said he was not aware if the documents signed by him were original or photocopies , as he did not know about their contents.

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