Essar group promoters Anshuman and Ravi Ruia together 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 Pvt Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Tele Holding were issued summons preceding month by the court after it took cognizance of the third charge sheet filed by CBI in connection with the telecom scam.
The CBI, in its charge sheet filed on Dec 12, had charged the Essar and Loop promoters of planned to cheat the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) but has not found evidence to impeach them under the PCA.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini had said that “I have carefully gone through the copy of the FIR, supplementary charge sheet, statement of witnesses and related documents. Assuming the material on record, I am satisfied there is enough incriminating material on record to proceed against the accused.”
The court had said that the three companies will stand the trial moreover through their Directors, or they will appoint their representatives for the purpose.
“Three companies be served through their directors and the companies may appoint authorized representatives for trial,” the judge had said while making it clear that still 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.
The judge had said the blame, charged with offence of conspiracy and cheating under the IPC, will still have to stand the trial before the Designated Court in accordance with the March 28, 2011 notification by the Delhi Government setting up an exceptional court to deal exclusively with cases pertaining to the 2G scam following the Supreme Court order.