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Apex court gives one-week relief for Sunil Mittal, 6 others in 2G case

The Supreme Court on Monday offered partial relief to Bharti Airtel CMD Sunil Mittal, Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia and five others by directing the 2G case trial court to put off hearing against them till 16 April.

Hearing Mittal’s plea, the court said it would examine on 15 April whether he could be named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as an accused in the case and summoned by the trial court here to appear before it.

Mittal and the other six accused were summoned by the trial court of Special Judge O P Saini to appear before it on 11 April.

The apex court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice Vikramajit Sen asked the CBI to file an affidavit giving details of the material in its possession pointing to the involvement of Mittal in the case.

The court asked the investigating agency to file its affidavit by Wednesday and gave senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for Mittal, time till Saturday to file a reply to the CBI’s affidavit.

The probe agency told the trial court that additional spectrum was allotted on 17 July, 2002 to Bharti Cellular (now Bharti Airtel) and Sterling Cellular (now Vodafone Mobile Service) for the Delhi metro area and Hutchison Max for Mumbai metro area.

The trial court on 19 March summoned Mittal and six other to appear before him on 11 April in connection with alleged excess spectrum allocation to telecom companies in 2002.
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