2G: SC to hear CBI appeal against HC order on RTL
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to hear on February 25 CBI's plea questioning the decision of the Delhi High Court to entertain the petition filed by ADAG's Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL) relating to the 2G spectrum case.
The CBI filed the appeal against the February 12 decision of the high court which had issued notice and sought its response on RTL's petition challenging the December 19, 2012 order of the trial court allowing the agency to place before it some additional documents seized during the probe.
CBI submitted that despite the apex court's November 9, 2012 order that no court would entertain any application or petition relating to the 2G case, the high court gave hearing to the RTL, which is one of the accused in the 2G case.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan decided to hear the appeal taking note of the submission of RTL's counsel and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi that the company would ask the high court to wait for hearing till the CBI's appeal is pending in the apex court.
Later in the day, the high court adjourned the matter for March 1.
RTL had challenged in high court the order of the trial court which had allowed the CBI plea to place before it some additional documents which were seized by it but were "inadvertently" not placed on record, saying that the "truth cannot be stopped" from coming out.
The trial court in its December 19, 2012 order had said "As many as 91 witnesses have already been recorded and the trial is going on for more than a year and in such a situation, repeated filing of documents cannot be countenanced endlessly, but at the same time truth cannot be stopped from coming out and the documents, if found necessary, are required to be allowed to be placed on record.
"Accordingly, prosecution (CBI) is permitted to place the documents, mentioned in the seizure memos attached with the application, on record."