Besides Singh, who was also the then Minister of Coal, Rungta also sought summoning of former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao as a witness in his defence in the case.

In his plea, Rungta also sought summoning of various documents and said that these two witnesses would depose about their genuineness. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar, however, told Rungta's counsel to first argue on the relevancy of summoning Singh and Rao as witnesses in the case.
"In the facts and circumstances of the case, I first deem it appropriate to hear the counsel for the accused on the relevancy of summoning these witnesses in his defence. Put up for arguments on the plea on December 8," the judge said.
Regarding Singh, the accused said, "he will prove the record of the Coal Ministry and the decision taken by him about constitution of screening committee and its functions and powers and would also prove the corresponding record of the Ministry of Coal."

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