Delhi HC rejects MTNL CMD`s plea for call details
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 23:33
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday rejected MTNL Chairman-cum-Managing Director R S P Sinha's request to give details of his phone calls intercepted by CBI regarding his alleged involvement with a conduit in the tender given to equipment supplier Motorola in 1999.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar declined the request by Sinha saying "we cannot give you anything about the calls".

Sinha is facing a CBI probe for allegedly favoring Motorola India in the awarding of the tender. His present term had ended on August 10, 2009, but was directed by the Department of Telecom to continue till further orders.

Sinha is due to retire in October 2011. The bench said "the nature of the calls were quite different (from general work) and it does not befit the CMD of a reputed company."

"Moreover, in one instance, three calls made by the CMD on the same day," the court said.

The court was referring to Sinha's conversation with Rajiv Gupta, an alleged middle man acting between MTNL and Motorola, who had allegedly offered illegal gratification for the PSU's tender.

Last week, CBI had handed over its report to the court in a sealed envelope.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner NGO Telecom Watchdog, also opposed Sinha's request and said "he is not entitled to get any details of the call".


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 23:33

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