NEW DELHI: Fresh summons were today issued to Essar Group Promoters Anshuman and Ravi Ruia and Loop Telecom promoters I P Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan, in a case arising out of the 2G scam probe after they failed to appear in a local court.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini once again issued summonses to them for Feb 22 as they did not appear before him in compliance with the December 21 summons. The court action came after counsel, appearing for accused Vikash Saraf, Essar Group Director (Strategy and Planning) and three accused firms, said summons were not "duly" served on Ruias and Khaitans.
"I do not find anything wrong with the service (of summons) by affixation. However, considering the fact that all the four accused were stated by their employees to be in Dubai, I deem it proper that before issuing any coercive process against these four accused for procuring their presence in the court, one more attempt be made to effect personal service or in the alternative service by affixation.
"Accordingly, fresh summons be issued to all four accused for February 22," the judge said. The court, however, allowed the application of Saraf for exemption from personal appearance today and listed the matter for further proceedings on February 22. "Exemption of Vikash Saraf is allowed for today as Special Public Prosecutor has no objection to the same and no order is required to be passed on (Saraf's) prayer for exemption for four weeks as the case is listed on February 22 for service on the four accused," the court said.