Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa on Wednesday submitted before a Delhi court that the CBI should have named Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as one of the witnesses in the 2G spectrum case. “CBI is producing letters of A Raja and the Prime Minister as evidence. They (CBI) should have made the Prime Minister a witness in the case,” advocate Majid Memon, appearing for Balwa, had said while arguing on the bail plea of his client.
On Thursday however, he retracted from his statement saying the media has reported it “out of context”.
Balwa moved an application seeking a direction to restrain the media from “out-of-context reporting” claiming that the press has wrongly reported that he sought to bring the Prime Minister in the witness box. “It is prayed that media personnel be directed to report the orders of this court and the proceedings with submissions made in writing and must restrain themselves from out-of-context reporting,” advocate Vijay Agarwal, appearing for Balwa, said.
Special CBI Judge OP Saini, who is exclusively hearing the matters relating to the 2G case, posted the matter for May 2. Agrawal on Thursday said the media has “incorrectly” reported that they had submitted before the court that the Prime Minister should be called to the court in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
He said reporting should be “in respect of the final orders passed by the court or submissions made in writing.”