STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 16 September
A CBI officer today rejected the contention that Unitech group of companies had "no advance information" about issuance of letters of intent (LoIs) and it was brought to the ambit of prosecution by "hook or crook".
CBI’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Chahal, who was part of the probe team investigating the 2G spectrum scam and was deposing as a prosecution witness in the case, rejected the suggestions of Unitech Ltd Managing Director Sanjay Chandra, facing trial in the case, that the probe conducted by him was "faulty and incomplete".
During his cross-examination, before the court of Special CBI Judge O P Saini, by senior advocate Rebecca John who appeared for Chandra, Chahal said, "it is wrong to suggest that Vivek Priyadarshi (CBI’s SP) directed me to bring Unitech group of companies within the ambit of prosecution by hook or by crook."
He added, "It is wrong to suggest that the investigation conducted by me is tainted, faulty and incomplete. It is further wrong to suggest that I suppressed material, which came to my notice during investigation, favourable to accused Sanjay Chandra and eight Unitech group companies."
In its chargesheet, CBI had alleged the accused firm Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd had prior knowledge of the "ill-conceived" design of first-come-first-serve process and had kept its demand draft of Rs 1,658 crore ready since October 2007.