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Court to consider on Feb 11 charge sheet in telecom scam

New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI): A Delhi court on Wednesday fixed February 11 for considering taking cognisance of charge sheet filed against Airtel, Vodafone and others for alleged irregularities in allocation of additional spectrum to them during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge P Saini, who was scheduled to take up the matter on Wednesday, deferred it after CBI prosecutor A K Singh said that the agency has filed 143 sets of documents related to the case in the court during the day and he needs some time to go through them.

The prosecutor told the court that these documents should be taken on record.

The court allowed the plea and fixed February 11 for considering taking cognisance on the charge sheet in which former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms -- Bharti Cellular Ltd, Hutchison Max Pvt Ltd (now known as Vodafone India Ltd) and Sterling Cellular Ltd (now known as Vodafone Mobile Service Ltd) -- have been named as an accused.        

”It is submitted by the public prosecutor that two boxes of documents have been placed on record today itself apart from the earlier documents. He requires some time and accordingly he submits that adjournment for atleast a week be given.        

”... Put up for consideration on cognisance on February 11,” the judge said.

In the 57-page charge sheet, the CBI has booked all the accused for the offences of criminal conspiracy (120-B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.        

During the brief hearing on Wednesday, the prosecutor told the judge that they have filed all the documents related to the case before the court.        

”Please give time as I have to go through the documents. There are two boxes of documents. I don't know if there is something important in it or not,” he said.


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