Raja ''hiding facts'' : CBI tells court

New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) Former Telecom Minister A Rajaand Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, arrested fortheir role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, were "evasive"and "hiding real facts" during questioning, the CBI told aDelhi court today.

"They (Raja and Balwa) were evasive in answering thequestions (during interrogation) and were hiding the realfacts in the light of the facts and circumstances of the caseregarding criminal conspiracy, trail of money etc," CBI saidbefore Special Judge O P Saini.

Remanding Balwa to judicial custody till March 3,the judge sent him to Tihar Jail, where Raja too was lodgedyesterday following completion of his 14-day CBI custody.

"It is submitted (by the CBI) that investigation isnot yet complete and the accused (Balwa) may be remanded tojudicial custody. Accused is remanded to judicial custody tillMarch 3," the judge directed.

47-year-old Raja was arrested on February two oncharges of criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention ofCorruption Act in connection with the 2G spectrum allocationscam. Later, the charges of cheating and forgery were alsoslapped against them.

The court directed the jail authorities to considerBalwa''s plea for permission to have home-made food, carrymedicines and special orthopaedics mattress and pillow, as perthe jail manual.

"Balwa has moved three applications submitting that hemay be allowed home cooked food, to carry medicines as well asspecial orthopaedics mattress and pillow as he is sufferingfrom back pain.

"Jail Superintendent is directed to consider theseapplications as per jail manual," the judge said.

The agency said more witnesses are to be examined andsome more documents are yet to be recovered as the documentssubmitted by a telecom company to Department ofTelecommunications for allocation of spectrum, on the basis ofwhich their priority was to be determined, could not be tracedyet.

"Keeping in view the veracity, seriousness andimportance of the matter, Balwa is required to be kept injudicial custody as there is every likelihood of tampering ofdocuments and his winning over or threatening witnesses," CBIsaid while seeking judicial remand of the accused.

The DB group managing director was produced in courtfollowing expiry of his four-day CBI custody. Balwa wasarrested on February 8 in Mumbai and had been flown to Delhion a transit remand. .

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