SC hears Mittal, Ruia's plea against court summons
New Delhi: Even as the CBI insisted before the Supreme Court that the plea by Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel and Ravikant Ruia of Essar challenging the 2G special court's order summoning them be placed before its 2G bench, another apex court bench commenced hearing the plea.
The 2G special court headed by Additional Session Judge O.P. Saini had summoned both Mittal and Ruia along with five others in connection with excess spectrum allocation scam during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime in 2002.
The hearing on the plea of Mittal and Ruia commenced Thursday after being deferred twice following recusal by Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice Anil R. Dave from hearing the matter one after the other in two successive hearings April 15 and April 18 respectively.
At the outset of the hearing by the bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar, senior counsel K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raised objections contending that the matter should go to the 2G bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan as the case was rooted in its Nov 29, 2012 order.