The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the appeals of businessmen Anshuman S Ruia and Ravi S Ruia and their company Essar Teleholding and upheld their trial by the Special CBI court trying 2G scam cases.
“We dismiss the appeals and the writ petition,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and justices A K Sikri and R Nariman.
Essar and Ruias had moved the Supreme Court contending that since they have been charged for cheating under section 420 of IPC and for conspiracy under section 120 B of IPC, therefore they can only be tried by the magisterial court and not by the special CBI court trying cases of the offences punishable under the provisions of prevention of corruption act.
Ravi and Anshuman Ruia had submitted that the magisterial court had the jurisdiction to try them as they have been only charge sheeted for conspiracy and cheating under sections 120B and 420 of the IPC, respectively.
The CBI had opposed their plea, saying the company and its promoters were trying to scuttle the trial that was in an advanced stage.
The CBI had also opposed their second plea for joint trial with other accused in the main 2G spectrum scam case involving former Telecom Minister A Raja, saying this will amount to further delaying of criminal proceedings for four more years.