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Court fixes additional 2G spectrum allocation case for July 8

PTI  New Delhi, April 29, 2013
First Published: 11:52 IST(29/4/2013) | Last Updated: 11:54 IST(29/4/2013)

A Delhi court on Monday fixed July 8 as the date for further proceedings 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.

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Special CBI Judge O P Saini deferred the matter as the Supreme Court on April 26 had issued a notice to CBI on Mittal's plea challenging the summons issued against him and had said that the proceedings in the trial court will remain "postponed" until further orders.

The apex court had also exempted Ruia and Mittal from personal appearance before the trial court and had given four weeks to the agency to file its response followed by three weeks time to Mittal to file a rejoinder to CBI's reply.

Mittal and Ruia did not appear in the Special CBI Court on Monday.

One of the accused, Canada-based NRI Asim Ghosh, who was the then Managing Director of an accused firm, Hutchison Max Telecom Pvt Ltd, is yet to be served with the summons issued against him in the case.

Meanwhile, former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh, also an accused in the case, appeared before the court on Monday.

After the recusal of the two judges, a new bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir is hearing Mittal and Ruia's plea challenging the summoning order of the trial court.

Earlier, Mittal and Ruia had appeared before the trial court and had furnished personal bonds in pursuance to the order of the apex court.

The special court had on March 19 summoned Mittal, Ruia, who was then a Director in one of the accused companies Sterling Cellular Ltd and Asim Ghosh.

Their names were not mentioned in the charge sheet filed by CBI on December 21 2012.


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