New Delhi: The CBI officials on Wednesday pasted at the residence of Loop Telecom promoters I P Khaitan and his wife Kiran the court summons seeking their presence before it in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

The agency officials reached the "permanent address" of Khaitan at New Friends Colony here to serve the summons but there was no one to receive them following which they pasted the notices at the gates
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The CBI had pasted them as part of "normal process" of service of summons and it should not be construed as the addressees being absconding, CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said.

The special CBI court while taking cognizance of the agency's charge sheet had instructed all the accused to be present before it on January 27 which is the date of hearing.

The agency will undertake a similar exercise on Thursday when the summons will be served to the then vice-chairman Essar Group Ravi Ruia and promoter of Essar Group of Companies Anshuman Ruia at their Walkeshwar Road residence in Mumbai, CBI sources said.

Essar spokesperson said in a statement, "No summons has been received by Ruias."

In a statement, Loop Telecom said, "Mr and Mrs IP Khaitan are non-resident Indians. Their residential address in Dubai has been provided to CBI. Any summons is required to be served at the place where they are residing. Hence media reports suggesting that they are avoiding summons are completely incorrect and baseless. Loop and Khaitan's have at all stages co-operated with the authorities and continue to do so."

CBI, in its charge sheet, has mentioned D-1024, New Friends Colony, New Delhi as permanent residence of Khaitan's while Axis Apartment residence in Silicon Oasis, Dubai has been mentioned as their present address, sources said.

The promoters of Essar Group and Loop Telecom were among the five persons who were directed to appear on January 27 before a special CBI court which on Wednesday took cognizance of the CBI charge sheet arising out of the probe in the 2G scam case against them.

Essar group promoters Anshuman and Ravi Ruia along with Loop Telecom promoters Kiran Khaitan, her husband I P Khaitan and Essar Group director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf and three companies -- Loop Telecom Pvt Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Tele Holding -- are named as accused in the third charge sheet.

The court said that the three companies will stand trial either through their Directors or representatives for the purpose.

The CBI, in its charge sheet filed on December 12, has accused the Essar and Loop promoters of conspiring to cheat the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) but has not found evidence to prosecute them under the PCA.

Essar Group, in a statement on December 12, had denied any involvement in the 2G scam and said it has complied in totality with all conditions of telecom licences. It claimed that the CBI has confirmed that Essar was not involved in the 2G scam.

(Agencies)