Bharti Cellular Limited CMD Sunil Bharti Mittal and Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia on Friday got a breather from the Supreme Court which exempted them from personal appearance in the trial court in a case of alleged irregularities related to allocation of additional 2G spectrum in 2002.

The apex court also said that the hearing against them in the Special CBI Court will remain “postponed” until further orders.

“Interim order (on postponement of hearing in the trial court) already passed will continue in the meantime and the petitioners (Mittal and Ruia) are not required to appear before the the Special Judge/CBI (2G spectrum cases), New Delhi as they have already furnished their personal bonds,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said.

The bench, also comprising Justices S S Nijjar and Pinaki Chandra Ghose, formally issued notice to the CBI on Mr Mittal’s plea challenging the trial court order summoning him as an accused in the case.

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