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Ex-Satyam chief prolonging stay in hospital: CBI

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“Visitors allowed to meet Raju”

CBI official says Raju can now attend court for examination under medical assistance

“Raju trying to use his ‘money and muscle power' to influence witnesses”

HYDERABAD:About 234 persons called on erstwhile Satyam Computer Services chairman B. Ramalinga Raju between December 12 and March 27 at Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences where he is undergoing treatment for Hepatitis-C.

While the court in its orders specified that Raju should not be allowed to meet others except his wife or son to attend on him in the hospital, a majority of those who met him were advocates and others. The CBI suspects that people secured access to Raju in the name of his counsels and each of the visitors had spent over 30 minutes with him during their visits.

List presented

CBI deputy legal advisor B. Ravindranath accompanied by special counsel K. Surendra presented a list of visitors to the CBI court here on Wednesday. He said this was in violation of the court's orders and it could be inferred from the entries in the register that Ramalinga Raju was in good health and was spending long hours in the company of people. “He is in a position to attend court for examination under medical assistance if needed,” Mr. Ravindranath contended.

He said the main agenda of the accused was to stay put in hospital in order to be in touch with people outside so that he would be able to use his ‘money and muscle power' to influence witnesses. The CBI, he said, found that several ‘rich and mighty' of society were coming and interacting with Raju in hospital where he was in judicial custody.

Judge surprised

Senior civil judge B.V.L.N. Chakravarthy, special judge appointed to try the Satyam case, wondered how so many visitors were allowed to meet the accused.

He instructed the superintendent of Chanchalguda Central Prison to furnish a report to the court on the issue and posted the matter to April 6.

Meanwhile, the special court for economic offences will commence the trial on the cases filed by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) against the directors of erstwhile Satyam Computers from April 9.

Company Prosecutor (SFIO counsel) C. Raghu said the judge, T. Rajani, had completed the examination of counsels who represented the directors and announced the commencement of trials into the seven cases from April 9.