TAMIL NADU

Court directs CBI to get correct address of witness

CHENNAI SEPT. 26. A special court today asked the CBI, agency investigating the case relating to `SPIC disinvestment scam', to get the correct address of a prosecution witness and serve summons on him for the next hearing.

When the case was taken up in the court of Special Judge-I, R.Rajamanickam, the witness, P.C.Cyriac, a former Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Small Industries Corporation, was not present. The CBI submitted that as the witness was no longer in government service and his correct address was not known, the summons was sent through the State Government. The prosecutor said that he was sorry for the inconvenience caused.

After recording that the witness was called absent and the summons had not returned, the judge adjourned the case to October 8. He ordered that fresh summons be served on the witness.

Mr. Cyriac, a former IAS officer, was to depose with reference to his affidavit filed in the capacity as State Industries Secretary to writ petitions filed by the Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy.

Jayalalithaa was cited as the main accused and the former Industries Secretary, C.Ramachandran, and President and Vice-Chairman, SPIC, A.C.Muthiah, as other accused.

Following a petition by Dr.Swamy, the Madras High Court directed the central agency to register the case.

The allegation was that Ms.Jayalalithaa and Mr.Ramachandran abused their official position to bring back Chidambaram as SPIC Chairman and to renounce the rights of the TIDCO, a State Government undertaking, to invest in the Zero Conversion Bonds of the joint sector company. This decision caused loss to the State Government.

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