2G case: One-week breather for Sunil Mittal

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday offered partial relief to Bharti Airtel CMD Sunil Mittal by directing the 2G case trial court to put off hearing against him till April 16.

The court said it would examine April 15 whether Mittal could be named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as an accused in the case and if the trial court here could summon him to appear before it.

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 their possession pointing to Mittal’s involvement 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 of Special Judge O.P. Saini that additional spectrum was allotted July 17, 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 March 19 summoned Mittal to appear before him April 11 in connection with alleged excess spectrum allocation to telecom companies in 2002.

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