The CBI court examining the petitions seeking investigation into the involvement of more people in the SNC-Lavalin case, including former ministers Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, T Sivadasa Menon and G Karthikeyan, had posted the case to September 19.
The petitions were filed by Crime Magazine editor T P Nandakumar, EMS Samskarika Vedi and advocate P Nagaraj. Nandakumar submitted that the further investigation report submitted by the CBI was not a true report and was not based on any effective investigation.
On the CBI raising suspicion on the genuineness of Deepak Kumar, one of the key witnesses in the case, Nandakumar said that the prosecution which had produced the written statement of Deepak Kumar had later discarded it on the ground that there was no corroborative evidence.
He said that the investigating agency had not subjected Deepak Kumar to further interrogation. Moreover, the alleged brokers - Dillep Rahulan and M A Nazar - have not been questioned, he deposed.Nandakumar alleged that the investigating officer in the case was changed on political patronage.
Moreover, the MoU was signed overlooking the ban imposed by the Government of India.