Court asks CBI to respond to plea of Swan co-promoter

Court asks CBI to respond to plea of Swan co-promoter

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday directed CBI to file its reply on a plea of co-promoter of Swan Telecom Vinod Goenka, an accused in the 2G scam, seeking permission to sign a resolution to appoint an additional director in a company in which he is also a director.

Special CBI Judge O. P. Saini took Goenka’s application on its records and asked the probe agency to respond on 6 June.

Vijay Aggarwal, counsel for Goenka, said his client is also a director of real estate firm Siddhivinayak Realties Pvt Ltd and he be allowed to appoint an additional director as he is currently lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with the case.

He said the plea be allowed for smooth functioning of the company.

“Kindly permit Goenka to sign the board resolution of the company to appoint an additional director so that the work of company will not suffer due to his unavailability," Aggarwal said.

Goenka, arrested on 20 April, is in judicial custody along with 13 other accused including former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and Swan Telecom co-promoter Shahid Usman Balwa.

In the first chargesheet, CBI had named Goenka as one of the accused in the spectrum allocation scam.

Goenka along with three top officials of Reliance ADAG -- Group president Surendra Pipara, senior vice president Hari Nair and Group MD Gautam Doshi-- are accused of conspiring with Raja and DoT officials to cause a loss of Rs30,000 crore to the state by manipulating the first-come-first-served (FCFS) policy.