A special CBI court reserved for March 22 its order on a plea filed by Loop Telecom Limited seeking directions for referring the matter to Lok Adalat for “settlement” in a case arising out of the 2G scam probe. Also Read - Essar-Loop case: Court to hear final arguments from November 20
Special CBI Judge O P Saini fixed the matter for orders after hearing the arguments advanced by Loop Telecom, CBI and the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) on the issue.
During the arguments, CBI said they were opposing the plea filed by Loop Telecom but the probe agency would abide by the order passed by the court.
“CBI is a party in the case. We will abide by court order.
We are opposing the plea,” senior public prosecutor K K Goel said.
Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra, who appeared for the DoT, also said the department was not a party to the case and they would abide by the court order.
“So far as these proceedings are concerned, the DoT is not a party… the DoT will abide by any order passed by the court,” he said.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Loop Telecom Ltd (LTL), argued the company was facing trial for the alleged offence under section 420 (cheating) read with 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and these offences are compoundable.
“If the DoT does not have a serious objection and they leave the matter to the court, then an attempt should be made and if it is settled it is fine otherwise it will come up before the court again,” he said.
The court had on December 16 last year issued notices to the CBI and the DoT seeking their replies on LTL’s plea.
The plea was filed after LTL, charge sheeted by CBI along with promoters of Essar Group and Loop Telecom, had approached the court for an appropriate direction to the Centre for compounding the case in Lok Adalat.
Lok Adalat is an alternative dispute resolution mechanism by which the parties involved in civil and compoundable criminal cases try to arrive at a compromise to settle their case. If the concerned parties do not arrive at a compromise, the matter is remanded back to the court for disposal.