Judge O.P. Saini said: ‘Accused Morani’s exemption plea from personal appearance is allowed. However, he will have to appear before the court on May 12.’
On May 6, Morani had got exemption as he was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.
The defence counsel for Morani submitted that his client was still in hospital so he might not be able to appear before the court.
A similar application by DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar for exemption from personal appearance in the court was rejected by a special court May 7.
The first chargesheet filed April 2 named former communications minister A. Raja, former telecom secreatry Siddharth Behura, Raja’s private Secretary R.K. Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, director of Mumbai-based DB Realty Vinod Goenka, managing director of Unitech Sanjay Chandra and three senior officials of the Anil Ambani group for conspiring to sell spectrum waves at rock bottom prices.
The CBI filed the second chargesheet April 25. It named DMK MP Kanimozhi, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, Sharad Kumar, Karim Morani and Kusegaon Realty director Rajiv Aggarwal.