The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Union Law Ministry, the Central Department of Telecommunications and the Central Bureau of Investigation on a petition by Essar Teleholdings and its two promoters, Ravi and Anshuman Ruia, challenging the framing of charges against them by a special court here in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.

Issuing the notices, Justice A. K. Pathak asked the respondents to file replies by January 22, the next date of hearing.

Justice Pathak issued notices to the Ministry and the Department when counsel for the petitioner argued that it was necessary to know their responses as the case of the investigating agency was that the petitioners had cheated the Department and the Ministry had opined that there was no case against the telecom company.

Counsel for the Department and the Ministry urged the Court not to seek their responses as they were not parties to the case but the Court did not entertain the plea.

The petitioners also submitted that their case was better than the other accused as they had not been charge-sheeted under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Special Judge O. P. Saini framed charges in May this year against the petitioners for criminal conspiracy (Section 120B IPC) to cheat (Section 420 IPC) the Department. The CBI had charge-sheeted them last year.