2G:SC dismisses Essar, Loop plea on special court jurisdiction

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today dismissed the pleas of Essar Teleholdings Ltd and Loop Telecom challenging the special CBI court's jurisdiction to hold trial against them and their officials in the 2G spectrum case.
Over a year after the judgement was reserved, a bench of justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya rejected the pleas of the telecom companies which pleaded that they be tried in a magisterial court unlike other accused in 2G cases as they have not been charged under Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
The bench, which had reserved its judgement in May 2012, said there was no merit in the plea and dismissed the same.
The companies and their officials are facing trial before the special CBI court constituted specially to hold trial in 2G scam case as the apex court had earlier refused to stay the proceedings against them.
The two telecom firms had said they have been named in the charge sheet under section 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and the charges were triable by a magistrate and not by the special court constituted for hearing the 2G case.
Other accused named in the third charge sheet in 2G case are Essar Group promoters Anshuman and Ravi Ruia along with Loop Telecom promoters Kiran Khaitan, her husband I P Khaitan and Essar Group Director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf.
The companies and their promoters have denied any involvement in the scam.