The Delhi High Court on Monday sought the CBI’s reply to a plea by Bollywood filmmaker Karim Morani, an accused in 2G spectrum allocation scam case, for quashing of charges framed against him by the trial court.
A bench of Justice M L Mehta issued notice to the probe agency and listed the matter for further hearing on May 10.
Morani, who is a co-accused along with former telecom minister A Raja and facing trial in the case, sought his discharge from the case saying he is innocent and has been wrongly implicated in the case.
Morani, director of Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd, in his plea, also said the charges levelled against him of being involved in the conspiracy for the grant of the telecom licenses was misconceived as he was not beneficiary of the alleged transaction.
Special CBI judge O P Saini, on October 22 last year, had framed charges against former Telecom Minister A Raja, Morani and 15 others for various offences including the criminal breach of trust that entails a maximum punishment of life term.
All the accused were charged under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, faking documents, abusing official position, getting bribe and criminal misconduct by the public servant.
The offences entail punishment ranging from six months in jail to life imprisonment.
The CBI, in its chargesheet, had alleged that Morani was involved in routing Rs 200 crore from Dynamix Realty Ltd to Kalaignar TV, in which DMK MP Kanimozhi has 20 percent stake, through his production firm Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd.