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A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here Wednesday warned defence counsel to not waste court time by asking irrelevant questions to witnesses during the trial of the 2G spectrum case.

“If such questions are persisted any further and are ruled to be irrelevant, they shall be subject to heavy cost as this is leading to wastage of time of the court,” special CBI Judge O.P. Saini told S.P Minocha, appearing for former telecom secretary Sidharath Behura.

Minocha had asked former telecom secretary D.S. Mathur, testifying as a CBI witness asw to whether he had gone through his statement made in court April 9 before signing it.

The 2G spectrum allocation case pertains to biased distribution of mobile airwaves and operating licences, in lieu of kickbacks to telecom firms that could have cost the treasury up to Rs.1.76 lakh crore in lost revenue.

Nineteen individuals and six companies are accused in the case. Except for former telecom minister A. Raja and Behura, all other arrested accused have been released on bail.

 

 


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