'Essar, Loop promoters deliberately violated UASL guideline'

Essar Group
New Delhi, May 3: CBI today told a Delhi court that promoters of Essar Group and Loop Telecom deliberately violated Unified Access Services Licences (UASL) guidelines by making "false and dishonest impression" before the DoT to get 2G spectrum.

"The basic case of the prosecution (CBI) is that they (accused) have violated clause 8 of the UASL guidelines and false and dishonest impression (made by them) is the crux of the matter," Special public prosecutor UU Lalit told designated CBI Judge OP Saini.

Lalit was making submissions on the framing of charges against Essar group promoters Ravi Ruia and Anshuman Ruia, Loop Telecom promoters IP Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan, and Essar Group Director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf.

The case against them has arisen out of the probe in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

He said that as per clause 8 of the UASL guidelines, "No single company or legal person, either directly or through its associates, shall have 10 per cent or more equity holding in more than one licensee company in the same service area for the same service." Lalit said the UASL guidelines were designed with a view to have fair competition in the telecom sector but they violated its conditions with "fraudulent and false means".

"The case of the prosecution is that clause 8 of the UASL guidelines was designed for fair competition and to get rid of the cartelization.

This clause has been violated deliberately by making false and dishonest impression," he said.


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