New Delhi: Various high-profile 2G case accused on Friday opposed CBI's move to submit to the court some additional documents, including communications between the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Department of Telecom (DoT), saying they were "devoid of merits".

Counsel for the accused, including those for former Telecom Minister A Raja's erstwhile Private Secretary R K Chandolia, Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and others objected to CBI's move saying the agency had been in the possession of these documents but has "deliberately" decided to file them so late.

Maninder Singh, counsel for Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, said the additional documents submitted by the agency were not relied on by it and its application for filing the same too was devoid of merit.

"These documents have not been relied upon by them (CBI) in the list of documents. In the absence of any purpose, for which the agency wants to bring these documents on record, this application is devoid of merits and purpose," Singh said.

Advocate R N Mittal, appearing for Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, too opposed the agency's move saying it was "frustrating" that the documents are brought in the court at such a stage when evidence is already being recorded.

"It is frustrating that when evidence had begun, you (CBI) are bringing these documents so late in the court. Charges have already been framed against the accused but these documents were not seen," he said.

The agency had filed some documents pertaining to former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra, a CBI witness in the 2G case, on January 10, a day before his deposition in the court.

The agency had filed the documents including TRAI files, correspondence between Misra and former Telecom Secretaries Behura, D S Mathur and others on the issues of licences and spectrum allocation.

Shahid Balwa's counsel added the documents have been in CBI's possession since the registration of the FIR in October 2009 but the agency did not place them on record in the court.

"If the probe was going on and CBI gets new documents, then they can bring them on record saying they have got it now but they cannot bring the documents so late as the documents were in their possession for such a long time," he said.

Chandolia's counsel said he was "not seriously opposing" CBI's move but instead of filing the photocopies of these documents, the agency should place on record their originals.

Former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura's counsel said CBI's move was "malafide" as it has not given proper reasons as to why it has filed these documents related to Misra just a day before his deposition as a witness and the agency's plea was against the principles of law and was not maintainable.

CBI would put forward its arguments on the issue on January 16.

The court has deferred recording Misra's statement and would continue with it after deciding CBI plea to submit additional documents to it.

The court, meanwhile, allowed Bollywood producer Karim Morani, an accused in the case, to go to Thailand for getting treatment of his heart ailment from January 16 to January 22.]

"Your (Morani) application is allowed subject to condition that he would furnish FDR of 10 lakh and one surety of the same amount," the court said.

(Agencies)