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Satyam case verdict likely on December 23

Former chairman of Satyam Computers, B .Ramalinga Raju arrives at the Metropolitan Criminal Courts in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

Former chairman of Satyam Computers, B .Ramalinga Raju arrives at the Metropolitan Criminal Courts in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar   | Photo Credit: P_V_SIVAKUMAR

The accused, including the former chairman of the scam-tainted company, B. Ramalinga Raju, were present in the court for a brief while. The defence contended that the evidence could not be admissible because it was not gathered in tune with the provisions of the Evidence Act.

The Special Court trying the case pertaining to the Satyam Computer Services scam here on Thursday, posted it to December 23. In all probability, the Court will pronounce the judgement on that day in the six year-old case.

Earlier, the court heard arguments from the defence counsel challenging the authenticity of the electronically-gathered evidence that was presented by the prosecution, the Central Bureau of Investigation that investigated the fraud.

The accused, including the former chairman of the scam-tainted company, B. Ramalinga Raju, were present in the court on Thursday for a brief while. The defence counsel had recently filed a petition in Court asking to hear arguments over some of the evidence produced by the prosecution.

The defence contended that the evidence could not be admissible because it was not gathered in tune with the provisions of the Evidence Act. The defence appeared to be banking on a Supreme Court judgement of last month saying electronic evidence that was not documented properly was not admission in Court, without complying with the Evidence Act.

Accordingly, the defence felt that electronic documents not gathered in tune with the law of the country could not be produced in Court. This meant that evidence including telephone call data records, emails and bank account statements needed to be verified as authentic while being submitted as hard copies, as hard evidence, to the Court.

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