R-ADAG execs move HC against framing of charges
Three top executives of Reliance ADAG on Thursday moved the Delhi high court challenging the trial court order framing charges against them in the 2G spectrum case. HT reports.delhi Updated: Dec 23, 2011 00:49 IST
Three top executives of Reliance ADAG on Thursday moved the Delhi high court challenging the trial court order framing charges against them in the 2G spectrum case.
Justice V K Shali asked the executives--group managing director Gautam Doshi, senior vice-president Hari Nair and group president Surendra Pipara--to file short synopsis in addition to their petition against framing of criminal charges against them in the 2G case.
"You file short synopsis as the order on charge (of the trial judge) is very long," Justice V K Shali said and fixed the matter for further hearing on January 16.
Senior advocate Rajiv Nayar, appearing for Doshi, Pipara and Nair, said that he did not want the RTL officials' petitions to be tagged with the plea of Rajiv Agarwal and Asif Balwa, co-accused and directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables.
Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL) had moved the high court on October 24, two days after the farming of charges by a trial court, seeking quashing of charges against it in the case involving former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others.
RTL had challenged Special Judge O P Saini's decision to put it on trial, saying it never held stakes in excess of 9.9% in Swan Telecom and that too was divested prior to the grant of licences in 2008.
A Raja opens defence
Former telecom minister A Raja on Thursday opened his defence with the cross-examination of key CBI witness Aseervatham Achary. Achary was Raja's former additional private secretary. Raja called off his protest in the wake of CBI filing its third chargesheet on December 12 against Essar and Loop and their promoters.