2G case: Essar, Loop withdraw pleas from Delhi HC

2G case: Essar, Loop withdraw pleas from Delhi HC

Essar Teleholdings and Loop Telecom, chargesheeted along with the promoters in the 2G scam, today withdrew their pleas from the Delhi High Court, saying they have already moved the Supreme Court against the criminal proceedings before the special CBI court in the case.

"The petitions are dismissed as withdrawn," a bench of justices B D Ahmed and V K Jain said while allowing the pleas of telecom companies to withdraw their applications.

"The petitioner (Essar) is filing the present application seeking permission to withdraw the present writ petition since the petitioner has filed a similar petition before the Supreme Court. The reliefs prayed in the present are also part of the petition before the Supreme Court," Essar Teleholdings Ltd, in its plea, said and sought permission to withdraw the petition.

The court allowed the plea of the telecom firms. Earlier, the high court had asked Essar, Loop and the CBI to seek clarifications from the apex court on its earlier directions to set up a special court for trial of the 2G case and no judicial fora, except it, would entertain any pleas related to the matter.

Later, the telecom firms approached the Supreme Court, seeking a stay on notification setting up a special CBI court to hear the 2G case on the ground that the special court, constituted to hear the matter lodged under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, cannot try companies which are not charged under the PC Act.

They said the offences they were accused of were triable by a magistrate and not by a special CBI judge authorised to hear the case lodged under the PC Act.

The two telecom firms, in their petitions, had said that they have been chargesheeted under section 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and the accusations were triable by a magistrate and not by the special court, constituted under the PC Act for hearing the 2G case.

Besides the two companies, the other accused named in the third charge sheet are telecom firm Loop Mobile India Ltd, Essar group promoters Anshuman and Ravi Ruia along with Loop Telecom promoters Kiran Khaitan, her husband I P Khaitan and Essar Group Director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf. They have now been asked to appear on February 22 before Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

The petition of Essar and Loop in the Supreme Court is likely to be mentioned tomorrow before a bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi which has been monitoring the developments in the 2G case.

The companies had moved the petition as the high court had asked them and the CBI to seek clarification from the apex court whether their case would be heard by the special court trying the 2G case or by a magistrate since they were not charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.