New Delhi: In another twist in the 2G spectrum allocation probe, former Chief Justice of India (CJI) V N Khare and former Solicitor General Harish Salve on Tuesday came ahead to extend legal support to the Essar Group. The duo submitted a report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claiming that the company is innocent and not involved in the 2G scam.

However, the CBI rejected their claims by saying that such reports will not affect its investigation and action will be definitely be taken against the guilty Essar Group and Loop Telecom.

A senior CBI official informed that the details submitted by Khare and Salve are not new but old-facts which are quite similar to their earlier claims.

“The CBI is not going to pay much heed to their claims but will continue their investigations and will file a chargesheet against the guilty companies in July,” he said.

According to the accusations, Loop Telecom, which was the main company of Essar Group, was involved in obtaining the 2G spectrum licences from the Department of Telecommunications illegally in 2008.

Notably, the most important clause for all the companies participating in the spectrum allocation was that they should not have minimum 10 percent share in the distributing mobile companies virtually or visibly.

In the CBI probe it was quite clear that the Essar Group had played a pivot role in Loop Telecom by submitting Rs 1500 as licence fees during the 2G spectrum allocation.

JPN/Bureau