CBI rebuked for putting pressure on witnesses in 2G case

CBI rebuked for putting pressure on witnesses in 2G case

The CBI was on Thursday rebuked by the 2G special court, which said the investigating agency did nothing for about a year after registering an FIR. Subsequently, it used "pressure" and recorded statements of witnesses, putting a question mark on fair investigation.

"There was no expeditious investigation in the case. After registration of the case, nothing was done for more than a year," special judge O P Saini said.

"It is surprising as to how many witnesses suddenly acquired all the knowledge of the case and became virtual goldmines of information. This puts a question mark on the truthfulness of the prosecution case and lends credence to the theory of pressure on witnesses," the court said.

The court noted that Department of Telecommunication officials - such as D S Mathur, A K Srivastava, K Sridhara, Nitin Jain, P K Mittal, R J S Kushvaha and D Jha - who deposed against the official record "kept on fumbling and gave evasive response, skirting the real issues".

"In the end, pressure on witnesses cannot be ruled out and this puts a question mark on fair investigation," the court said.

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