press trust of india
New Delhi, 8 July
A Delhi court today fixed 31 July for further hearing in the additional 2G spectrum allocation case in which Bharti Cellular CMD Sunil Mittal, Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia and others have been summoned as accused.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini deferred the proceedings after lawyers appearing for Mr Mittal and Mr Ruia informed the court that the matter is pending in the Supreme Court.
The counsel also submitted before the judge that the apex court in its interim order of 26 April had postponed the trial court proceedings till further orders and had also exempted Mr Mittal and Mr Ruia from personal appearance.
The apex court’s interim order had come on Mr Mittal and Mr Ruia&’s pleas challenging the special court’s 19 March order by which it had summoned them as accused in the case.
Apart from Mr Mittal and Mr Ruia, the others who were summoned as accused are Canada-based NRI Asim Ghosh, who was the then Managing Director of accused firm Hutchison Max Telecom Pvt Ltd, and former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh.
Mr Shyamal Ghosh was present in the Special CBI Court today. The summons to Mr Asim Ghosh have not been served till date.
Mr Mittal and Mr Ruia had on an earlier date appeared before the trial court and had furnished personal bonds in pursuance to the order of the apex court.
On 29 April, the special court had fixed 8 July for further proceedings in the case.
On 19 March, the special court had summoned Mr Mittal, Mr Ruia, who was then a director in one of the accused companies Sterling Cellular Ltd and Mr Asim Ghosh.
Their names had not been mentioned in the charge sheet filed by CBI on 21 December, last year, in the case.
The CBI, in its charge-sheet, had named as accused Mr Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms Bharti Cellular Ltd, Hutchison Max Telecom Pvt Ltd (now known as Vodafone India Ltd) and Sterling Cellular Ltd (now known as Vodafone Mobile Service Ltd).
The CBI, in its charge-sheet, had named the three telecom companies as accused in the case relating to the Department of Telecommunications allocating additional spectrum which had allegedly resulted in a loss of Rs 846 crore to the exchequer. Pursuant to the summons, Mittal and Ruia had moved the apex court challenging the trial court’s order.