Special Central Bureau of Investigation Judge OP Saini today rued that despite having “religiously” devoted seven years to 2G scam cases, no “legally admissible evidence” was placed before him by the CBI.
The judge made the remark in his verdict acquitting former Telecom Minister A Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Member of Parliament Kanimozhi and several others, including top corporate honchos, in three separate cases probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate.
“I may also add that for the last about seven years, on all working days, summer vacation included, I religiously sat in the open court from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., waiting for someone with some legally admissible evidence in his possession, but all in vain,” Saini said in his 1,552 page verdict in the CBI’s case involving Raja and others.
The court of the special judge had come into being on March 14, 2011 in pursuance of a Supreme Court order for exclusively hearing all the cases arising out of the 2G scam probe. In his 1,552-page judgement in the CBI’s case involving Raja and others, Saini also noted that rumour, gossip and speculation created the public perception about the cases but this has no place in judicial proceedings.
Not a single soul turned up. This indicates that everybody was going by public perception created by rumour, gossip and speculation. However, public perception has no place in judicial proceedings.
OP Saini, Special CBI Judge