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2G case: Court directs surety to clarify on impersonation

PTI 28 Oct 2015, 18:17:57 IST
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New Delhi: A Special Court today sought an explanation from a man for "impersonating" as four different persons while standing as an additional surety for two accused in the 2G spectrum scam case.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini said that Vijendar Sharma had stood as additional surety for accused Asif Balwa, facing trial in two separate 2G scam cases, when he was allowed to go abroad on October 17 but had furnished surety bond in the name of Vijender Kumar Sharma in both the matters.

The court said that similarly, he also stood as additional surety for accused Karim Morani when he was permitted to go abroad and furnished surety bond in the name of Vijender Kumar Sharma.

It said that he filed an application on October 19 seeking return of fixed deposit receipt filed for Morani in the name of Vijender Kumar but signed the plea as Vijender Sharma.

"Similarly, today also, you filed two applications seeking return of the FDRs filed along with surety bond as mentioned above for accused Asif Balwa and signed by you as Vijendar Sharma," the court noted in its order.

"In this way, you have impersonated yourself before this court as four different persons, that is, Vijendar Sharma, Vijender Sharma, Vijender Kumar Sharma and Vijender Kumar which amounts to an offence," it said.

"You are hereby called upon to clarify as to what made you to impersonate yourself before this court as four different persons within three days from today failing which legal proceedings as per law would be initiated against you," the court said and fixed the matter for October 30.

It also observed that Vijender Kumar Sharma was examined as a prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation case in which ex-Telecom Minister A Raja and others, including Asif Balwa and Morani, are facing trial.

Asif Balwa and Morani, along with others, are also accused in a 2G scam related alleged money laundering case probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The court is hearing final arguments in the 2G scam case probed by CBI in which Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and 15 others are facing trial.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, and three top executives of Reliance ADAG -- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, are also facing trial in the case.

Besides them, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV Director Sharad Kumar and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are accused in the case.

Three telecom firms -- Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd -- are also accused in the case.

All the accused have denied allegations levelled against them by CBI.

Similarly, ED had chargesheeted Raja, Kanimozhi and 17 others, including Asif Balwa and Morani, in a separate case.

ED had on April 25 last year filed a charge sheet against these 19 accused under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).