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Additional spectrum case: Two firms raise jurisdiction issue

Two telecom firms, chargesheeted by the CBI in additional of 2002, on Friday raised the issue of jurisdiction before a special court.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:June 5, 2015, 8:28 PM IST
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Additional spectrum case: Two firms raise jurisdiction issue
Two telecom firms, chargesheeted by the CBI in additional of 2002, on Friday raised the issue of jurisdiction before a special court.

New Delhi: Two telecom firms, chargesheeted by the CBI in additional of 2002, on Friday raised the issue of jurisdiction before a special court saying the case was not related to the 2G spectrum scam and it should be heard by another court.

Accused firms M/s Hutchison Max (P) Ltd and M/s Sterling Cellular Ltd, who have filed separate applications questioning the special court's jurisdiction to deal with the case, said that their case was different from that of the other 2G scam cases.

Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, who appeared for the firms, said in this case no licence was granted to these companies and the issue relates to allocation of additional spectrum only.

"There is a distinction between the nature of prosecution in the 2G spectrum cases and this case. Here the issue is different. The 2G cases are entirely based on unified access service licences (UASL) but this case relates to additional spectrum. The two issues are different altogether," Luthra told Special CBI Judge OP Saini.

He said that these firms had sought additional spectrum from the government which was granted. Licence and spectrum are different things and there is no comparison at all, he added.

"This case is not related to 2G spectrum allocation so this court has no jurisdiction to hear it. This issue which is not under the domain of this court should be sent to some other court," he said while referring to the orders passed by the Supreme Court in the 2G scam cases.

He also said that issue of jurisdiction goes to the "root of the matter" and it was needed to raise it at the initial stage itself.

The arguments on the plea on Friday remained inconclusive and would continue on June 30.

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