Fresh summons issued against Essar on Loop Telecom promoters

Fresh summons were today issued on 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 following their non-appearance in a local court. 

Special CBI judge O P Saini once again issued summons on them calling for their appearance on 22 February as they failed to appear before him in compliance with the 21 December summons.

The court action came after counsel, appearing for accused Vikash Saraf, Essar Group director (strategy and planning) and three accused firms, submitted that 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.

Saraf, however was exempted by the court from personal appearance today on an application and the matter was posted for further proceedings on 22 February.