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Court warns Jindal’s lawyer

CBI special judge Bharat Parashar on Monday slammed N Hariharan, counsel of Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, saying, “Your advocates tried to overreach me, and this is the second time it is happening. I have warned earlier also and I am warning again.”

Parashar lashed out at Hariharan before the special court adjourned the hearing in the coal block allocation scam case and fixed the next hearing on June 30 for scrutiny of charges.

Hariharan apologised to the judge and said, “He was not aware of the same. And in his 23 years of career he has never tried to overreach any judge for the accused.”

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Parashar then said, “If this matter is in your knowledge then also it is serious in nature and if you are not aware then it becomes more serious.”

Hariharan said Jindal’s management will inquire into the matter and take strict action against those who tried to overreach the judge.

The court allowed personal exemption to RK Saraf till the framing of the charges. It, however, got complaints from few accused that their CDs were not working. So the court will provide them the copies of records on June 4.

Mohit Mathur, counsel appearing for Saraf, said, “The court asked everyone to expedite the matter.  It does not want any delay. It allowed personal exemption of my client Saraf until the framing of charges as he is 81 years old.”

Former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, Jindal and seven others are facing trial in the case. All the 10 accused were granted bail in the case on May 22.

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