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2G scam case: Reliance Telecom moves HC against charges

Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL) on Monday moved the Delhi High Court for quashing of charges framed against it by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in 2G spectrum case, saying there is no material to prosecute it.

Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL) on Monday moved the Delhi High Courtfor quashing of charges framed against it by a Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) court in 2G spectrum case, saying there is no material to prosecute it.

Challenging the trial court's order charging it withcriminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group(ADAG)-led company pleaded that it did not indulge in any wrongdoing andcharges framed against it were "wrong".

"No incriminating material has been indicated in thecharge sheet or by the prosecution in its submission on the charges," thepetition filed by RTL said.

"The charges framed against the petitioner (RTL) had nobasis in law. In fact, there is no act or omission attributable to thepetitioner that has been indicated in the charges that justify the continuationof criminal proceedings against the petitioner," it said.

"The charges framed as against the accused indicatesthat there are charges for multiple conspiracies and it is unclear as to howand when the multiple conspiracies took place and also as to how they form acohesive single conspiracy," it contended.

The trial court in its order had earlier dismissed thecontention of RTL that Swan Telecom was not its "associate", sayingit was, directly or indirectly, holding 100 per cent shares in STPL.

"Its (STPL) source of fund was RCL/RTL (RelianceCommunication Ltd/ Reliance Telecom Ltd). Directly or indirectly it was holding100 per cent shares of STPL as on the date of application.

"The source of funding of STPL was RCL/RTL...As such,STPL was not only an 'associate' but a front, or a facade, for RCL/RTL. In asense, STPL was RCL/RTL itself and STPL was just a mask for it," theSpecial CBI judge O P Saini had said.