SC rejects Ravi Ruia’s plea seeking permission to travel abroad

SC’s rejection follows the CBI court’s rejection of another request by Ravi Ruia to travel to London to meet his family in February


Ravi Ruia is being tried in the 2G spectrum case in a special CBI court in New Delhi and is currently on bail. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Ravi Ruia is being tried in the 2G spectrum case in a special CBI court in New Delhi and is currently on bail. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia’s plea seeking permission to travel abroad.

Ruia is being tried in the 2G spectrum case in a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in New Delhi and is currently on bail.

A bench comprising justices J.S. Khehar and Arun Mishra refused to allow Ruia to travel to Moscow and Britain for business engagements.

The rejection follows the CBI court’s rejection of another request to travel to London to meet his family in February.

The CBI opposed both pleas, and Anand Grover, the special prosecutor in the case said, “He has not specified his itinerary and we cannot allow him to travel in this manner.”

Essar Group promoters Ravi Ruia and Anshuman Ruia, Loop Telecom promoters Kiran Khaitan, her husband I.P. Khaitan and Essar Group director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf are facing trial in the case arising out of the 2G scam probe, along with three telecom firms—Loop Telecom, Loop Mobile India Ltd and ETHL. All the accused face charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating.

The court is hearing final arguments in the trial.

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