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2G: Court pulls up Balwa for giving objectionable answer

 A Delhi court, conducting trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case, on Thursday pulled up Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, saying certain answers given by him in response to the court’s query were ‘objectionable’.

Special CBI Judge OP Saini observed that there were some errors in Balwa’s statement and it has escaped the court’s attention as they were ‘quite longish’.

‘Certain replies have been found to be quite objectionable and, as such, his (Balwa’s) further statement has been deferred. Moreover, some errors, also escaped court attention while checking the same on court computer, as the replies were quite longish,’ the judge said.

The court also observed that some doubt has cropped up regarding the questions being supplied to the accused for recording of their statements under the provisions of the CrPC.

‘Statement of accused Shahid Usman Balwa recorded partly and thereafter, deferred, as some doubt has cropped up as to whether the questions are in the same format as were supplied to the accused and also as to the replies submitted by the accused in response to the questions in his pen drive, which has been submitted by him in the court and taken on the court computer,’ the court said. 

During the day’s proceeding, the court also recorded the statements of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, who both are facing trial in the case.
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