Court upheld contention of Dharmana, Sabita

Posted : June 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm IST by ManaTelugu
The CBI special court upheld the contention of former ministers Dharmana Prasada Rao and Sabita Indra Reddy that they would file counters to CBI charge about their media conferences only when the agency gives them original CDs.

The court directed the agency to submit original CDs containing the full text of their speeches. After this, the court adjourned further hearing of the case to July 1.

It may be recalled that both the ministers spoke to the media when they resigned to the cabinet. They claimed in the media conferences that they were innocent and expressed confidence that they would come out clean. CBI submitted CDs of the visuals of the press conferences and told the court that what they said amounted to contempt of court. The agency questioned how the two could claim to be innocent and assert that they would come ont clean, when the case was before the judiciary.

The agency obtained the visuals of the media conferences from the You Tube and submitted the CDs to the court, in support of its argument. However, both the ministers challenged the authenticity of the You Tube visuals and said they would submit their counters only if originals were given to them. In a memo filed by them in the court, they said the visuals of their speeches in the You Tube were not clear and expressed willingness to file their counters only if the original CDs were submitted to them. They also contended that they had a resonsibility to the peple who elected them, why they had to resign.