Thursday, August 06, 2020

Mumbai Airport scam: HC allows pvt firm''s MD to appear before CBI via video conferencing

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday allowed managing director of a private firm, accused of irregularities amounting to Rs 705 crore in the running of the Mumbai airport, to appear before the CBI for questioning through video conferencing.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru allowed the request after the CBI conceded that Sartaj Ali, MD of Nice Projects Ltd, is not required to travel outside Delhi and the probe agency’s officials will examine him either through video conferencing or at his Delhi residence.

The court was informed that Ali was 67-year-old and had various health issues and due to the persisting COVID-19 pandemic, he be allowed to join the investigation only from his house.

Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, representing Ali, submitted that he was a senior citizen and susceptible to contact COVID-19, if mandated to travel from Delhi to Mumbai as it will include transit at airports and flights and shall involve him to stay there.

In the petition filed through advocates Urfee Haider and Kunal Srivastava, Ali has challenged the CBI notice directing him to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), EOW branch, Mumbai and produce certain documents.

The court, which disposed of the petition, was informed that he has already submitted the documents to the CBI.

Advocate Anupam S Sharma, appearing for the CBI, told the court that the agency officials were ready to examine Ali through video conferencing.

Regarding the petitioner’s plea that a lawyer shall be permitted to be present at the time of interrogation by the CBI, the court said as Ali was being made to join through video conferencing and not being made to appear physically in Mumbai, hence this question of law is kept open.
05/08/20 PTI/Outlook
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