The Supreme Court of India, on Tuesday, rejected Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia’s plea to seek permission to travel abroad for business. Ruia is facing trial in a case arising out of the 2G scam probe, was denied permission to travel abroad by a special court which said allegations in the matter were of “very serious nature”. This is the second time this year that Ruia has been denied travelling abroad for business purposes. In February, Special CBI judge O P Saini had dismissed his plea in which he had sought the court’s permission to go to London from February 7 to March 14 to spend time with his family there. Saini had said that that Ruia’s visit was not of any grave importance and had rejected his plea.
While rejecting Ruia’s plea te court had said that the Ruia was facing trial for very serious allegations and permission could not be granted to him for travelling abroad without a serious reason. The court had further added that Ruia had been allowed to travel abroad previously but only on occasions where his visit was absolutely essential. Ruia, along with the Essar Group promoters and Loop promoters Kiran Khaitan, her husband I P Khaitan and Vikash Saraf is facing a trial for involvement in the 2G scam. Loop Telecom Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd, and Essar Tele Holdings Ltd, are the 3 firms which are also involved in the same case and are currently facing trial.
Earlier in the year 2011, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had listed the accused in a charge sheet alleging that these accused that used Loop telecom as a face to secure the 2G licences in 2008 and thus had committed the act of cheating. On May 12, 2012, the court had framed charges against all the accused under section 120-B of the India Penal code(IPC) along with Section 420 (cheating), which the substantiate charges of cheating had only been framed against Vikas Saraf.