The special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge OP Saini will on March 3 start recording the statements of Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, who are accused in the case.

The court had on November 27 concluded recording of statements of 153 people running into 4,400 pages, who were examined as prosecution witnesses.

It had earlier scheduled on January 20 for commencement of recording of statements of accused, but since questionnaires were not ready, more time was sought.  

Attorney General GE Vahanvati; former additional private secretary to Raja, Aseervatham Achary; Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ex-chairman Nripendra Misra; former Indian corporate lobbyist Niira Radia; former deputy director general (access services), Department of Telecommunication AK Srivastava; former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor D Subbarao; DMK chief M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal; Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani were among the CBI witnesses who deposed before the court.

On November 11, 2011, the court had started the daily trial, after accepting the CBI plea and framing graft and other charges against 17 accused, including Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi.

The special court was set up last year on the direction of the Supreme Court.

According to the government auditor, Raja was biased while distributing 2G mobile airwaves and operating licences to telecom firms, causing a loss of up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore in revenue to the treasury.

All the accused, including Raja, are out on bail.


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