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Essar Group holding less than 10% in Loop Telecom: Deora

Essar Group holding less than 10% in Loop Telecom: Deora
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First Published: Fri, Jul 08 2011. 03 38 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Jul 08 2011. 03 38 PM IST
New Delhi: Amid raging controversy over Essar’s holding in Loop, corporate affairs minister Murli Deora on Friday asserted that the holding of Ruias is less than 10% in the Loop Telecom and the ministry stands by its reports.
“We stand by what we have given (to CBI)... Essar holding in Loop Telecommunication is below 10%”, he told reporters pointing out that the ministry had given two reports to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The clarification comes in wake of the CBI claims that Essar Group had over 10% stake in the Loop Telecom at the time of award of the 2G spectrum licence. It was alleged that Essar used Loop as a front company to corner spectrum in violation of the guidelines.
Noting that there was some communication gap between the CBI and the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA), Deora said that “of late we have worked to fill the communication gap and we are completely cooperating with the CBI on investigation”.
The CBI had earlier termed as unfortunate the letter from the corporate affairs ministry that said that Essar had less than 10% stake in Loop.
During a hearing in the 2G spectrum case in the Supreme Court, the CBI had questioned the role of MCA in giving clean chit to Essar Group.
The MCA has so far given two reports -- in 2009 and 2011 -- on cross holding of shares of Essar in Loop Telecom.
Loop got spectrum licence during the tenture of former Telecom Minister A Raja, the prime accused in the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam, who is currently in jail.
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First Published: Fri, Jul 08 2011. 03 38 PM IST