New Delhi: Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia, facing trial in a case arising out of the investigation into the 2G spectrum scam, on Wednesday drew flak from a Delhi court for moving out of India without seeking its prior permission.
"I find myself in agreement with the public prosecutor that the accused (Ravi Ruia) should have attended the court on September 16 and should have moved out of the country only after seeking the permission of the court," Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.
The observation came while deciding a plea filed by Ravi Ruia seeking exemption from personal appearance from the court from September 16 to October 4 this year for his treatment in London.
The court allowed his plea with "extreme reluctance" and said he should have first attended the court on September 16, when the case was listed for hearing, before moving out of the country.
"However, it has been submitted that accused was not feeling well while travelling abroad and is required to be admitted to the London clinic. In view of the submissions made at the bar by S V Raju, senior advocate (Ruia's counsel), with extreme reluctance, I am inclined to allow the prayer," the judge said.
Ruia had moved an application on September 11 seeking exemption from personal appearance in court from September 16 to October 4, 2013.
He had also sought permission to retain his passport and to stay in London for medical treatment.
Essar group promoters Ravi Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and Loop Telecom promoters I P Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan, besides Essar group Director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf are facing trial in the case.
Three companies, Loop Telecom Pvt Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Teleholdings Ltd, are also accused in the case.
All the accused have been charged with the offence under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) read with Section 420 (cheating) of IPC while the substantial charge of cheating was made out against Saraf only.
First Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 21:31