Special Court can hear Essar-Loop case: CBI

Our Bureau | Updated on November 15, 2017 Published on January 10, 2012

New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that the Special Court has the jurisdiction to hear the offences alleged against Essar Teleholdings Ltd and Loop Telecom Pvt Ltd in connection with the 2G spectrum case.

The agency also said the Special Court was set up under the directions of the Supreme Court to exclusively hear all matters related to the 2G case. It, however, had said in its chargesheet that the offences alleged against the accused were triable by a magistrate since they were not charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PC Act). The Special Judge had taken cognisance of the CBI chargesheet and decided to go by the Delhi High Court notification of March 2011 that allowed trial on all 2G cases to go on in the Special Court. Essar then moved the High Court saying the Special Court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter since the accused are not facing charges under the PC Act, adding that the allegations were only of cheating and criminal conspiracy. The hearing will resume on January 24 .

Published on January 10, 2012
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