2G case: SC to hear if Nira Radia was involved in the scam
Posted on: 11:50 AM IST Jul 31, 2013
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday consider whether political lobbyist Nira Radia was involved in the 2G spectrum scam or not. She has been accused of having criminal interference in the case.
Bharti Airtel chief Sunil Mittal and Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia, too, are at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court in Delhi in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case. Both had challenged the CBI court's summons.
CBI special judge OP Saini had on July 8 adjourned the case till July 31 after lawyers appearing for Mittal and Ruia informed the court that the matter was pending in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court in its interim order on April 26 postponed the trial court proceedings till further orders and exempted Mittal and Ruia from personal appearance, the lawyers submitted.
The pleas of Mittal and Ruia, filed in the apex court, challenged the 2G special court's summons.
The special court summoned the top executives in connection with alleged excess spectrum allocation during the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance regime in 2002.
The trial court issued summons after taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed against mobile firms Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Sterling Cellular for the alleged irregularities.
On December 21, 2012, the CBI named Shyamal Ghosh and the three telecom firms as accused in the 57-page charge sheet for criminal conspiracy as also under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act for causing a loss of about Rs 846 crore to the exchequer.
The agency told the court that additional spectrum was allotted July 17, 2002 to Bharti Cellular (now Bharti Airtel) and Sterling Cellular (now Vodafone Mobile Service) for the Delhi metro area, and Hutchison Max (now Vodafone India) for the Mumbai metro area.
(With Additional Information From IANS)