TAMIL NADU

Judge pulls up prosecution

CHENNAI NOV. 10. R. Rajamanickam, Special Judge-I, today pulled up the prosecution in the `SPIC disinvestment scam' case for not examining a witness, though he was present.

The court had earlier issued summons to two inspectors of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption for their appearance in the court for recording their evidence. When the matter was taken up, the CBI Special Public Prosecutor said that only one of the witnesses was present, but his evidence could not be recorded as the FIR, originally registered by the DVAC, was not readily available. It was available in the court of the Principal Judge, City Civil Court, where it had been filed and he would try to get it today.

Upset at this, the judge said the prosecution was not examining the witness, even though he was present, citing technical reasons. The prosecutor said his intention was not to delay the proceedings. But the judge said though the SPP said so, he was not actively cooperating. The court had been constituted under a special act. "You must concentrate on this court first." At the request of the SPP, he adjourned the case to November 14.

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