2G case: CBI moves Supreme Court for cancelling Unitech MD’s bail

The CBI has moved the Supreme Court for cancellation of bail of Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra for allegedly trying to sabotage the ongoing trial in the 2G case. Chandra is one of the many accused in the case in which former telecom minister A Raja, Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, and others are facing trial.

Seeking to recall the apex court order of 23 November 2011 by which Chandra was granted relief, the CBI alleged that he misused the relief given to him and violated the terms and conditions of the bail. It alleged that the conduct of Chandra was questionable during the period of bail as he had approached CBI prosecutor AK Singh and was found discussing about crucial witnesses.

The CBI said that Chandra’s conversation with the prosecutor, now removed from the case, reflected that the entire strategy of the CBI in dealing with the case was compromised. It said that Chandra has materially interfered with the prosecution of the 2G case in an ‘attempt to influence’ the conduct and outcome of the trial going on before a special CBI court.

The recorded conversation between Chandra and Singh was leaked to the media. ‘It is clear from the conduct of the accused that there has been a clear and direct attempt to sabotage the conduct of this trial and to impact its outcome.

It is apparent that the freedom granted to the accused by means of enlargement from custody has been misused by him and that allowing him to continue unabated will be detrimental to the conduct of this trial and to the greater public interest,’ CBI said in its application. The CBI said that in view of the post-bail conduct of the non-applicant (Chandra), cancellation of bail is warranted in the interest
of justice.

The CBI said that it had registered a Preliminary Enquiry report which named Chandra and Singh and the inquiry also suggested that the conversation took place between the two when the statement of crucial witness A K Srivastava, Department of Telecom’s former Deputy Director General (AS) was being recorded in the court.

It said that the CFSL report has also confirmed that the recorded conversation was neither tampered with nor any editing was done and it were the voices of Chandra and Singh.
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