New Delhi: The CBI sought the judicial custody of five executives of companies named in the telecom scam chargesheet on Friday, saying they may flee the country to avoid trial.

Of the five whose bail pleas the agency has opposed, three are from the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group — Gautam Doshi, a group managing director, Surendra Pipara, group president and Hari Nayar, senior vice-president.

The other two are Vinod Goenka, a director of Swan Telecom, and Sanjay Chandra, Unitech managing director.
The court reserved its judgment on the issue for April 20.

UU Lalit, the special public prosecutor appointed by the Supreme Court, said, “The accused persons are holding high positions and now that the names of witnesses have been disclosed, some of whom are directly working under (them) or are amenable to their directions, possibility of winning over and/or influencing the witnesses is clearly present.”

Replying to the CBI’s argument, the lawyers of the telecom executives told the court that their clients had co-operated with the probe and were not arrested during the investigation.

All the nine accused persons were present in court that has been constituted on the instructions of the Supreme Court to try the 2G case only.

JPN/Bureau