SC puts off hearing on Mittal, Ruia’s pleas till Thursday

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court will decide Thursday as to which bench will hear the pleas of Bharti Airtel’s Sunil Mittal and Essar’s Ravi Ruia challenging the 2G special court’s order summoning them to appear before it in connection with excess spectrum allocation scam during the BJP-led NDA regime in 2002.

The apex court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice Aniol R. Dave and Justice Vikramajit Sen Monday said this after Justice Sen told the chief justice that he wanted to recuse himself from the hearing of the case.

As Justice Sen recused himself from hearing the matter, senior counsel K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the CBI, questioned the maintainability of the plea by Mittal and Ruia.

He said the matter should go to the bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi which had passed the verdict and was monitoring the investigation.

While directing the listing of the matter for Thursday, the court asked both Mittal and Ruia to appear before the trial court Tuesday and seek adjournment till April 22.

The court asked both of them to furnish personal bond for their future appearance.

The trial court March 19 summoned Mittal, Ruia and five others to appear before it April 11 in connection with alleged excess spectrum allocation to telecom companies in 2002.

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