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Addnl spectrum case: CBI to file response on firms’ pleas

CBI on Wednesday sought time to file its reply on the applications of two firms, chargesheeted in the 2002 additional spectrum allocation case, questioning the jurisdiction of the special 2G court to deal with the matter.

Accused firm M/s Hutchison Max (P) Ltd and M/s Sterling Cellular Ltd filed separate pleas before Special CBI Judge O P Saini who fixed it for hearing on March 25.

During the hearing, senior public prosecutor K K Goel said they need around 15 days time to file response on the pleas. “Senior public prosecutor seeks sometime for filing reply to the applications. Reluctantly allowed,” the judge said.

The court, which was scheduled to hear on Wednesday arguments on bail plea of former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh, an accused in the case, posted it for hearing on March 25. “Put up the matter for reply, if any, and disposal of two applications as well as disposal of bail application of accused Shyamal Ghosh/arguments on charge on March 25, 2015, as prayed by both parties,” it said.

CBI also supplied additional copies of the documents filed along with the charge sheet to the accused in pen drive saying it contained better and legible copies. CBI has chargesheeted Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms -- M/s Hutchison Max (P) Ltd, M/s Sterling Cellular Ltd and Bharti Cellular Ltd -- as accused in the case relating to the Department of Telecommunications allocating additional spectrum, which had allegedly resulted in a loss of Rs 846 crore to the exchequer. The special court was earlier informed that Supreme Court had quashed the order summoning Bharti Cellular Ltd CMD Sunil Bharti Mittal and Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia as accused in the case.

2G PMLA case: Raja, Kanimozhi, others to face 400 questions

Former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and 17 others, facing trial in a 2G scam-related money laundering case, will have to answer a questionnaire containing 400 queries during recording of their statements in the matter before a special court.

The court on Wednesday supplied the questionnaire to the counsel of the accused, observing that it would facilitate recording of statements with “ease and felicity” as the records of the case were technical and voluminous.

“For recording of statements of accused persons, questions were required to be drafted. The process of drafting of questionnaire is complete by on Wednesday itself which runs into about 225 pages, containing 400 questions,” Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.
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