The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear Bharti Cellular CMD Sunil Bharti Mittal’s plea challenging the March 19 order of the special court summoning him as an accused in a corruption case related to allocation of additional 2G spectrum during the 2002 NDA regime.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir agreed to give an early hearing and posted the matter to April 8.
The matter was brought before the apex court during mentioning time in which the counsel appearing for Mr. Mittal sought an early hearing as he has been summoned to be present in the 2G court on April 11.
Mr. Mittal, whose name was not mentioned in the CBI’s charge sheet as an accused, was summoned by the special court saying there were “enough material” to proceed against him in the case.
Special CBI judge O.P. Saini had also summoned two others — Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia, who was then a director in one of accused company Sterling Cellular and Asim Ghosh, then MD of accused firm Hutchison Max Telecom — whose name were not mentioned in the charge sheet.
The CBI had filed the charge sheet on December 21 , 2012 against former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms — Bharti Cellular, Hutchison Max Telecom (now known as Vodafone India) and Sterling Cellular (now known as Vodafone Mobile Service). They all were also summoned for April 11 by the court.
The court had said that Mr. Mittal, Mr. Ruia and Mr. Asim Ghosh were “prima facie” in “control of affairs” of their companies which were named in the charge sheet by the CBI in the case.
The 2G court, in its two-page order, had said that Mr. Mittal was the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Bharti Cellular while Mr. Ruia was then a Director of Sterling Cellular and they used to chair the board meetings of their respective companies and the “acts of the companies are to be attributed and imputed to them”.