2G case: SC to hear Airtel CMD Sunil Mittal’s plea on April 8

Telecom Lead India: In the 2G spectrum allotment case, SC will hear Bharti Airtel CMD Sunil Mittal’s plea on April 8.

Agency reports say that the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear Bharti Airtel CMD Sunil Mittal’s plea challenging the March 19 order of the special court summoning him as an accused in a corruption case related to allocation of additional 2G spectrum during the 2002 NDA regime.

Sunil Mittal, one of the global leaders in the telecom industry, had earlier clarified that the company has not done anything against India’s telecom regulation.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir agreed to give an early hearing and posted the matter to April 8.

The matter was brought before the apex court during mentioning time in which the counsel appearing for the Airtel chairman sought an early hearing as he has been summoned to be present in the 2G court on April 11.

Mittal, whose name was not mentioned in the CBI’s charge sheet as an accused, was summoned by the special court saying there were enough material to proceed against him in the case.

Special CBI judge O P Saini had also summoned two others — Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia, who was then a director in one of accused company Sterling Cellular, and Asim Ghosh, then MD of accused firm Hutchison Max Telecom — whose name were not mentioned in the charge sheet.

CBI had filed the chargesheet on December 21 last year against former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms — Bharti Cellular, Hutchison Max Telecom (now known as Vodafone India Ltd) and Sterling Cellular (now known as Vodafone Mobile Service). They all were also summoned for April 11 by the court.

The court had said that Mittal, Ruia and Asim Ghosh were prima facie in control of affairs of their companies which were named in the charge sheet by the CBI in the case.

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