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2G scam: CBI challenges special court dismissal decision of Essar promoters in Delhi HC

CBI has challenged the earlier decision of the Special court in the Dehli High Court against Essar Group promoters Ravi Kant Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and six others in a case arising out of the probe in 2G scam case.
In its judgment of 21 December 2017, the special court had acquitted Essar Group promoters, Loop Telecom Promoters, and others in one of the cases of the 2G scam. The CBI has appealed to the higher court that the special judge failed to appreciate the evidence and the law in proper perspective and the evidence on record clearly establishes the offence committed by the accused.
The CBI has also filed an appeal against the acquittal of promoters of Loop Telecom Ltd. I.P. Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan, Essar Group Director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf and three telecom firms — Loop Telecom, Loop Mobile India and Essar Tele Holding.
In its charge sheet filed on December 12, 2011, the CBI had named them in cheating the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) by using Loop Telecom as a “front” to secure 2G licenses in 2008 in violation of Clause 8 of the Unified Access Service License (UASL) Guidelines.
The Special Court had earlier charged them with the offence under section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) read with section 420 (cheating) of IPC, substantial charge of cheating was made out against Saraf.
The Delhi High court is likely to hear the appeal on April 20.

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