New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of appeals in cases of all those who were acquitted by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the 2G scam case. The court said it would not proceed till its previous orders, which required the respondents to file replies, as well as plant trees, were not complied with.
The next date of hearing has been fixed for 24 October 2019.
A special CBI court had, in December 2017, acquitted all the 17 accused in the case relating to irregularities in the allocation of 2G telecom spectrum and licences. This had led to the CBI filing an appeal against the acquittal of former telecom minister A Raja and others on 20 March 2018.
The court, in its order dated 7 February 2019, had imposed costs for late replies by some of the respondents and asked them to plant500 trees each in the 177 acres of land in the South Delhi Ridge area. They were directed on the nature and number of trees to be planted. Also, they were asked to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of those trees with photograph proofs.
The court had said that “at the request and in the interest of justice, one last opportunity had been granted to them to file their replies within three weeks, subject to their arranging for plantation for 500 trees each in the 177 acres of land which had recently been reclaimed by the District Magistrate (South) and is now under the jurisdiction of Deputy Conservator of Forests (South) or in the roughly 5000 acres of the forest land on South Delhi Ridge in possession of the Department of Forests, GNCTD."
For this purpose, the said respondents or their authorised representative had to report before the DCF (South) on 15 February 2019 and the area of the plantation had to be allocated.
The plantation exercise had to be completed by 15 March with the compliance hearing scheduled for Tuesday.