2G tape scandal: CBI questions its investigating team

2G tape scandal: CBI questions its investigating team

Suspecting corporate rivalry behind an audio tape leak in connection with 2G accused, CBI today quizzed its own sleuths to understand whether prosecutor A K Singh had advised them to suppress any information during court hearings.

The audio tape purportedly containing voice of Singh, who has since been removed from the case, and Unitech Managing Director Sanjay Chandra, has been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to check its authenticity.

The agency said it was awaiting CFSL report before deciding on whether to approach the court for cancellation of bail of Chandra.

Unitech has rejected the allegations saying Chandra has never met the prosecutor in the 2G case outside the court or had any phone conversation with him.

The company has also denied that Chandra's voice was on any alleged recording and said it appeared a fabricated voice recording sent anonymously to CBI.

According to sources, the tape had been recorded by someone who was present in a room along with Singh and Chandra when they are alleged to have been discussing the strategy in the case.

A day after questioning other members of its prosecution team members, a special CBI team quizzed its own officials to understand whether they were ever instructed to dilute the stand of the agency in the court by the prosecutor, the sources said.

Sources said investigations so far indicated that the CD was an apparent outcome of growing corporate rivalry in the Telecom sector and did not rule out some more tapes surfacing soon.

After registering a Preliminary Enquiry, the CBI Director Ranjit Sinha formed a special team to ascertain whether the corruption slur on its prosecutor in the 2G case was an "aberration" or some other individuals have also been allegedly compromised.

Statements of the officials were being recorded as part of its probe into allegations that Singh was discussing prosecution strategies with Chandra.

The suspected voice on the tape, said to have been recorded in September last year, is also even detailing a three-judge Supreme Court judgement which could be used as a reference in the legal strategy.

The CBI Director had informed Chief Justice of India Justice Altamas Kabir, and Law ministry officials about taking off Singh from the prosecution team.

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