2G: Raja slams CBI; accuses of fudging witness against him

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New Delhi, Dec 23: With former Telecom Minister A Raja opening his defence in the 2G spectrum scam case, he used the opportunity to slam the CBI for using his ex-aide Aseervatham Achary as a "false witness" to depose against him. Sushil Kumar, a senior advocate defending Raja stated, "He is a created false witness and this is my ultimate case."

Achary had earlier spilled the beans on Raja in court saying that Raja was in close connection with corporate honchos and their companies that have benefited from the spectrum allocation. Achary was Raja's former Additional Private Secretary and a key CBI witness in the 2G case.

During the course of cross examining the witnesses, Achary said that he was being threatened by a person sitting in the court room. Sushil Kumar called the allegation a drama that was originally intended to influence the pending bail petition of Raja's former Private Secretary and co-accused R K Chandolia. Chandolia's bail plea will be heard by the Supreme Court on Jan 2.

Kumar commented in court, "This whole drama was meant for January 2 when Chandolia's bail is coming in the Supreme Court as he (Achary) told the court that the person threatening him was sitting with Chandolia."

On being asked by the judge if Achary had earlier mentioned anything about the threat, he replied, "He (Achary) did not say anything earlier and had he said it then it would have been on record and many of them (accused) would not have got bail."

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