Manoj Modi, a close aide of Mukesh Ambani and top official of Reliance Industries Ltd, (RIL) on Tuesday appeared before a local court here to defend himself in a six-year-old case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) regarding illegal routing of international calls by the erstwhile Reliance Infocomm.
This practice allegedly caused a loss of R32 crore to the exchequer on account of the access deficit charge (ADC) due to the government.
All telecom operators were required to pay this charge on every call originating in an overseas network.
RIL-controlled Reliance Infocomm (now called RCOM and owned by Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group), had between May and September 2004 passed off incoming international calls as local calls to avoid payment of ADC, alleged the CBI chargesheet.
Besides Modi, those who appeared in the court are Shankar Adwal, Pankaj Panwar, KR Raja, Akhil Gupta and BD Khurana. Gupta and Khurana are no longer with RIL.
The court adjourned questioning of the accused to September 8 after the six officials sought time to file replies.