Special court allows Ravi Ruia to travel abroad
Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia, facing trial in a case arising out of the probe into the 2G spectrum scam, was on Monday allowed to travel abroad by a special court, which also cautioned him to “desist” from filing frequent applications in this regard.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini allowed Ruia’s plea seeking permission to travel to Russia and United Kingdom (UK) from on Monday till May 31 for business purposes observing that the case was not listed for hearing during that period.
“In view of the fact that the applicant/accused (Ruia) has been permitted to travel abroad on numerous occasions during the past three years and the case is also not listed during the period in question, I am inclined to allow the application subject to the caution that the accused should desist from filing frequent applications in this regard,” the judge said.
During the arguments on the application, senior advocate Hariharan, appearing for Ruia, told the court that his client was one of the co?founders of Essar Group of companies and these firms have business interests in various countries.
He said that Ruia was required to travel to Russia and UK in connection with business of these companies and he was permitted to travel abroad earlier too on numerous occasions and had complied with all the conditions imposed upon him.
The CBI opposed the plea contending that there was no valid reason for Ruia to travel abroad and the accused is a resourceful person and may misuse his liberty, if permitted.
It also submitted that by filing frequent applications, the accused was wasting court’s time by distracting its attention and resources.
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