Everybody was going by Public Perception Created By Rumour, Gossip and Speculation: Justice OP Saini

| December 21 , 2017 , 16:41 IST

Special CBI court today delivered the judgement in the 2G Spectrum case acquitting all the accused. While the judgment and the merits of the case are being discussed and debated across the nation, Justice OP Saini’s remarks from the judgement on public perception and lack of legally admissible evidence is being widely shared by people on social media.

Justice OP Saini’s 1552 page judgement on CBI vs A Raja reads, “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 AM to 5 PM, awaiting for someone with some legally admissible evidence in his possession, but all in vain. 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.”

In its concluding paragraph the judgement reads, “I may add that many facts recorded in the charge sheet are factually incorrect, like Finance Secretary strongly recommending revision of entry fee, deletion of a clause of draft LOI by Sh. A. Raja, Recommendations of TRAI for revision of entry fee etc. The end result of the above discussion is that, I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove any charge against any of the accused, made in its well choreographed charge sheet.”

These two paragraphs from Justice Saini’s judgement are being widely shared on social media in an apparent step to indicate the fallacy of the CAG and CBI’s handling of the 2G cases.