New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday allowed Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy to depose as a witness and lead further evidence in support of his private complaint against Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum case.
   
"Complainant Dr Subramanian Swamy is permitted to recall himself as complainant witness one for leading further evidence," Special CBI Judge OP Saini said.
   
The court told Swamy that the list of witnesses, which he had filed with his application, for summoning some senior CBI officials and other public servants to press his case would be allowed only after he could explain the relevance of their testimony.
   
"Other witnesses as mentioned in the list of witnesses filed with the application, shall be allowed to be summoned only after relevance of their testimony is explained by the complainant (Swamy)," the court said.
   
The judge said Swamy could lead evidence in support of his complaint as he has referred to the role of other conspirators in it.
   
"In view of the facts that complainant was not aware of the identity of additional proposed accused (s) at the time of filing of complaint, but has now come to know about it, he is not prevented in law from leading evidence on this point, more so, when he has referred to the role of other conspirators in his complaint," the Judge said.

The court directed Swamy to appear in the witness box on December 17 to lead further evidence in support of his complaint against Chidambaram.

The court had on December 3 reserved its order on Swamy's plea seeking permission to examine him afresh, senior CBI officials and others to prove that Chidambaram had taken a joint decision with former Telecom Minister A Raja regarding fixing the price for 2G spectrum.
   
He had claimed that Chidambaram, as the then Finance Minister, had permitted Swan Telecom and Unitech, who had secured the licences, to sell their shares to foreign companies.

Swamy seeks resignation of Chidambaram

Expressing happiness over the Delhi court order in 2G case, Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Thursday supported BJP's demand for resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram in the scam.

"In my opinion Chidamabaram should resign right away and not stand on technicalities. The apprehension about him is sufficient and the BJP is doing the right thing by saying he must resign," Swamy told reporters outside the Parliament.

A Delhi court allowed Swamy to depose as a witness and lead further evidence in support of his complaint against Chidambaram in the 2G case.

The court has fixed December 17 as the date for Swamy's deposition.

BJP steps up demand for Chidambaram's resignation

The BJP on stepped up its demand for resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram, saying it will ensure that the investigation in 2G case is not impacted and will pave the way for smooth functioning of the Parliament.

The fresh offensive came as the Supreme Court allowed Janata Party chief Subramaniam Swamy to depose as a witness and lead further evidence in support of his private complaint against Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum case.

"The court order vindicates our stand that there is a need for P Chidambaram to step down," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javdekar told reporters outside Parliament here.

He said, "If he (Chidambaram) resigns, it will definitely pave the way for smooth functioning of Parliament."

Javdekar said, "We have been demanding Chidambaram's resignation and a CBI probe to ascertain his role in the 2G ccam and now when his two junior officers will talk about his culpability, how is it possible that he continues to a minister."

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi claimed that Chidambaram's stay in office will impact the investigation.

"It is necessary that he (Chidambaram) should go otherwise he can influence his officials and destroy evidence," he said.

Joshi also rejected the government charge that the Opposition disrupted the proceedings in Parliament as it did not want to discuss the issue of price rise.

"We will also discuss price rise but what about the two officers under him who will go and stand in the witness box when he is holding this position. Will it not impact," he asked.

Khurshid rejects demand for Chidambaram’s resignation

Rejecting the opposition demand for resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman Khurshid suggested there was nothing in the Delhi court observations against him or the government.

He hit out at the opposition for disrupting proceedings in the Parliament, saying it did not want the Government to highlight its achievements on inflation front.

"...I think it is extremely unfair. Please respect a person's dignity and a person's right to do a job fairly squarely and do it according to the law," Khurshid told reporters outside the Parliament House.

He said he did not think there was anything in the court's observations that could raise questions about Chidambaram or the government.

Asserting that Government is firmly behind Chidambaram, he said, "Chidambaram is in the Government. He is part of the Government and we are all part of the Government and we all stand together."

His statement came after opposition disrupted the Parliament following a Delhi court allowing Janata Party Chief Subrahmanian Swamy to depose as a witness and lead further evidence in support of his complaint against Chidambaram in 2G case.

"It is like saying that the moment you give an application everybody mentioned in the application should be hauled up. It can't be done. That is not the law of this country," the Law Minister said.

"We can't change the law of the country because the opposition in a particular case wants to change it. The law is same for an ordinary citizen and for the minister who is looking after home affairs,” he said.


(Agencies)