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2G collusion: Shahid Balwa reaches CBI headquarters

Feb 20, 2013 05:31 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: Swan and DB Realty promoter Shahid Balwa on Wednesday reached the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Delhi after the investigating agency summoned him for questioning in connection with the audio recordings of purported conversation between the CBI prosecutor AK Singh and another 2G scam accused Unitech Managing Director Sanjay Chandra. Balwa, another accused in the 2G telecom spectrum allocation scam, was summoned after his name cropped up in the purported conversation.

The agency expects more such conversations to emerge as it believes that the recording and subsequent leakage of these conversations is the result of corporate rivalry in the telecom sector, they said. Meanwhile, the agency has received the report from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) about the previous CD, having conversations between its prosecutor AK Singh and Chandra. The CFSL in its report has said that the conversations are "untampered". However, in the absence of any voice samples of Singh and Chandra, it could not authenticate whether the voices in the recordings are of the duo, they said.

They clarified that so far there are no indications of CBI's case getting affected in the 2G scam. Singh, who was removed after surfacing of tapes, has reportedly told investigators that there was nothing unusual in discussing case related facts with the defence and it is a normal practice as far as it does not adversely affect prosecution's case, they claimed.

Unitech had rejected the allegations, saying Chandra had never met the prosecutor in the 2G case outside the court or had any phone conversation with him. The company has also denied that Chandra's voice was on the tape and said it appeared a fabricated voice recording sent anonymously to the CBI.

(With additional information from PTI)

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