Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar has fixed the matter for November 26 when the accused would place before the court the list of witnesses, whom they want to examine in their defence.

During recording of statements, the accused claimed innocence before the court and denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.

This is the first coal scam case which is nearing finality, as after the recording of statements of the accused, the court would record defence evidence which would be followed by the final arguments.

The court had commenced the trial on June 3 by recording prosecution evidence which concluded on October 30. Senior public prosecutor A P Singh had examined 41 witnesses to substantiate the CBI's case.

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