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2G case: Court to pronounce order on Shahid Balwa’s plea tomorrow

LiveMint logoLiveMint 29-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday deferred till Friday its order on the plea filed by Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, seeking permission to withdraw answers given by him earlier to court in the 2G spectrum case trial.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge O.P. Saini, who had fixed the matter for order on Thursday, slated it for Friday saying the order was not yet prepared. “The order is not ready,” the judge said. CBI had on Wednesday argued in court that Balwa’s plea was nothing but a “sinister design” to take the court for a “ride”.

During the arguments, special public prosecutor U.U. Lalit had submitted that Balwa’s earlier contention that he had failed to understand the questions asked by the court under the provisions of the CrPC was not an “inadvertent error” and it was a “smart and calculated” move. He had also contended that it was a “breach of faith” reposed by the court on the accused and they must be fair to the court.

Balwa’s counsel, however, had argued that it was only an inadvertent error and nothing had been done deliberately. On CBI’s contentions that bail granted earlier to Balwa may be cancelled, his lawyer had argued it was not the case that his client has tampered with evidence or threatened any witness. The counsel had also argued that if the court feels that something wrong has been done, he was offering unconditional apology.

CBI had earlier sought cancellation of the bail granted to Balwa, facing trial in the 2G case, saying his conduct requires reconsideration and recall of the relief given to him earlier. Balwa had earlier faced the court’s ire when it observed that he “deserved” to be taken into custody for his misconduct. He had filed a plea contending that he will “not raise any question of prejudice caused to him on grounds of non-understanding of any question asked by the court.”

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