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2G scam: SC asks for details on Aircel-Maxis deal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 24, 2014
First Published: 00:54 IST(24/4/2014) | Last Updated: 02:35 IST(24/4/2014)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked CBI and Enforcement Directorate to submit a report giving details of its investigation into the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2G scam by May 1.

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A special bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice KS Radhakrishnan also said it would take up business honchos Sunil Mittal and Ravikant Ruia’s plea challenging the trial court order summoning them in the case on the same date.

“We understand that progress in the case (trial) has not been made and we would hear whether to continue with the interim order or not,” it said, pointing to an SC order staying the trial against the two.

The bench adjourned the case as Mittal’s counsel, senior advocate Harish Salve was not available as he was arguing another matter when the bench took up the case.

CBI had in January 2011 started a preliminary inquiry into the Aircel-Maxis deal and had registered an FIR nine months later.

According to an earlier submission before the SC, CBI has completed its probe against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran in the case. A status report of its probe was submitted in the court in July 2011 and said that during 2004-07, when Maran was telecom minister, Aircel’s owner Sivasankaran was coerced to sell his stake in the company to Maxis Group. Thereafter, the telecom department gave a license to Aircel.

SC had on April 8 last stayed the trial proceedings against Mittal and Ruia after the two approached it against the special court’s order summoning them to face trial even as the CBI did not name them as an accused in its chargesheet.


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