A special court hearing the 2G spectrum allocation cases has deferred taking cognizance of the chargesheet against Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and others till January 30. This comes after the CBI asked for time to submit certain additional documents to the court. The court of special CBI Judge OP Saini had earlier fixed January 14 to take cognizance of the chargesheet, which was filed by the CBI on December 21.
However, the court deferred the proceedings after the CBI told the court that it wanted to deposit certain documents seized during investigation, which had not been relied upon in the chargesheet, with the court “to avoid confusion regarding the documents like the previous case”.
The CBI had faced the question of submission of extra documents during both the 2G spectrum scam case against former telecom minister A Raja and others as well as the case against Essar and Loop Telecom. The CBI had requested two weeks time to deposit the documents.
The chargesheet has named former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms — Bharti Cellular, Hutchison Max (now Vodafone India) and Sterling Cellular Ltd (now Vodafone Mobile Service) — as accused in the case in which the Department of Telecommunication had allegedly allocated additional spectrum resulting in Rs 846 crore loss to the exchequer.