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Let us consult our lawyers: Raju, others

Last updated on: November 26, 2010 19:25 IST
SatyamB Ramalinga Raju and five main accused in the multi-crore Satyam Computer scam today sought a directive from the trial court here permitting them to consult with their lawyers after each day's hearing.

In response to the petition, the XIV Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court in Hyderabad directed the authorities of Chanchalguda jail, where former Satyam Computer Chairman Raju and the other five accused are being held, to give their views.

In their petitions, Raju and the others submitted that the jail authorities were not permitting them to consult with their respective counsels after the day's proceedings were over, as a result of which they were unable to take part effectively in the trial.

Raju, his brother and former Satyam MD Rama Raju, former chief financial officer Vadlamani Srinivas and former employees G Ramakrishna, D Venkatpathi Raju and Ch Srisailam, who are presently under judicial remand, filed applications on the matter.

Ramakrishna, who is defending himself in the case, sought permission to seek advice from the other advocates on legal matters.

Responding to their applications, Magistrate B V L N Chakravarthi sought comments from the Superintendent of Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad by November 29.

Meanwhile, an official of HSBC Bank, Rakesh Patwari, was examined by the prosecution on the fixed deposit receipts and balance confirmation statement of Satyam Computer Services Limited.

In his deposition before the court, the banker said there were outstanding amounts (year-wise) in the current account maintained by SCSL with their bank during the 2001-2008 period.

Patwari further said that certain FDR numbers found in the SCSL records seized during CBI raids did not exist with HSBC bank.

After recording the statement of the witness, the court scheduled his cross-examination for November 30 after the defence sought more time to formulate its case.

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