The promoters of Essar Group and Loop Telecom were among the five persons who were directed to appear on January 27 before a Delhi Court which on Wednesday took cognizance of the CBI charge sheet arising out of the probe in the 2G scam case against them.
“I have gone through the copy of the FIR, supplementary charge sheet, statement of witnesses and related documents. On the basis of material on record, I am satisfied there is enough incriminating material on record to proceed against the accused," Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.
Essar group promoters Anshuman and Ravi Ruia along with Loop Telecom promoters Kiran Khaitan, her husband I P Khaitan and Essar Group director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf and three companies—Loop Telecom, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Tele Holding -- are named as accused in the third charge sheet.
The court said that the three companies will stand the trial either through their Directors or they will appoint their representatives for the purpose.
"Three companies be served through their directors and the companies may appoint authorised representatives for the purpose of trial," the judge said while making it clear that though charges are not slapped under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), the accused will face trial in the designated court set up on the order of the Supreme Court.
However, Essar Group in a statement, expressed "surprise" that the special court has taken cognizance of the matter eventhough there is no charge of corruption made by the CBI.