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Justice Phukan denies clean chit to George

Guwahati, May 4
Justice S.N. Phukan, who probed the Tehelka expose on defence deals, today said he had not given a clean chit to former Defence Minister George Fernandes and accused the media of creating it.

“I never gave a clean chit to Mr Fernandes. This is being created by the media. I had merely said that there was no major irregularities in the defence deals,” Justice Phukan told reporters here.

Asked to comment on Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha on the issue, Justice Phukan said “a judge does not react or comment. After passing a judgement, a judge forgets. In this case too, I have submitted a report and forgotten all about it.” — PTI






Money was accepted, Jaya tells CBI

New Delhi, May 4
Continuing its probe in the Tehelka expose, the CBI today questioned former Samata Party President Jaya Jaitley who is understood to have acknowledged that money was accepted from “some people” for “party funds”.

She claimed she had referred the donor to Samata Party leader Srinivas Prasad and after that she had no knowledge as to what happened to the money or whether any receipt was given for the donations.

The former party president said she had never given any assurance to the two under-cover reporters of Tehelka, who were posing as arms dealers, for clinching a defence deal, they said.

Jaitley told the investigators that she had told the representatives of the defence company that if there product was good, they would definitely get the contract.

Jaitley was booked by the CBI on December 6 last year along with former Major-General S.P. Murgai, Surendra Surekha (Kanpur based industrialist) and Gopal Pajiwal (Rajasthan-based Samata Party leader) under the Prevention of Corruption Act. — PTI

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