They submitted before a bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi that the proceedings against them should be conducted before a Magistrate as the companies and their officials are not charged under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) like other accused in the multi-crore scam.
“I have a right to say that I be heard in the court of Magistrate as there is no charge against me under PCA,” senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Essar group, said.
The group approached the apex court after being asked by the Delhi High Court to seek a clarification whether the special court can conduct a trial of companies which are not charged under the PCA in the case arising out of the probe in the 2G spectrum scam case.
At the outset, the bench observed that its order for conducting the trial in the case was very clear.
“The High Court should have read the order. It is very clear,” the bench said and objected to the appeal filed on the issue and asked the company to “avail” proper remedy available to it.
Salve then submitted that he would file an interim application and sought adjournment.
The court then listed the matter for hearing on February 17.
In the meantime, CBI, which had also filed an application for clarification on the issue, withrdew its plea.