Chandigarh, October 7
In a new development related to the ongoing trial in the alleged case of cash at the judge’s doorstep, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a request for the recall of 20 witnesses in the case.
The list includes the names of some witnesses, who were dropped during the trial, and some new witnesses, who the CBI said were required to prove the case.
The application was filed under Section 311, CrPC, by Narender Singh on behalf of the CBI. While citing certain judgments of the Supreme Court, the prosecution stated that calling a witness or re-examining a witness who has already been questioned for the purpose of discovering the truth in order to allow the court to make a just decision cannot be deemed to fill a gap in the prosecution’s case.
He said the scope and purpose of the provision was to allow the court to determine the truth and make a decision soon after discovering all the relevant facts.
However, lawyers for the defendants opposed the request and said the prosecution was trying to fill a gap in their case.
After hearing arguments, the court adjourned the case to October 15, 2022, for orders on the application.
In the request, the CBI, while mentioning four witnesses, said they had been dropped by the special prosecutor earlier. However, of the above witnesses, two entered their statements under Section 161, CrPC, regarding the relevant facts against the defendants.
Among the witnesses recalled for examination are Rajinder Kumar, Mohinder Kaur, Rakesh Kumar, Mohan Joshi, Bansidhar, Vijay Singh and Manju Jain. Previously, they had been dropped by the special prosecutor. The request stated that the then Deputy Registrar, UT Chandigarh, who signed the GPA dated June 5, 2007 between Anand Kumar Jain and Rajeev Gupta for a conspiracy in Panchkula, was not called as a witness by the inadvertent investigator.
Police registered a case on August 16, 2008, on the complaint of Amrik Singh, a peon working at the private residence of Judge Nirmaljit Kaur.
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