New Delhi: A plethora of PILs and lawsuits seeking action against the who's who of corporate India kept the Delhi High Court busy in 2011 as it dealt with cases like RIL's KG D-6 basin row, Air India's aircraft purchase deal, 3G inter-circle roaming and excess 2G spectrum allotment.
   
Some petitions were entertained while a few others were trashed by the High court which include pleas to prosecute Anil Ambani and Ratan Tata in 2G case.
   
However, public spirited litigants kept alleging that corporate bigwigs resorted to unfair means by flouting the law of the land to secure advantage.
   
The court also rejected the plea seeking cancellation of the license granted to Mukesh Ambani-led firm for exploration of gas in the Krishna-Godavari (KG D-6) Basin on the ground that the JV between RIL and Canada-based NIKO allegedly cheated the exchequer by inflating expenditure in connivance with a top official.
   
It asked one of the petitioners Furquan to approach the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) which is seized with the issue. The bench, however, made it clear that if the petitioner is not satisfied with PAC's findings then he may approach it again.
   
It was alleged the JV cheated the state by inflating expenditures as there was a provision in the revenue-sharing agreement that RIL was entitled to recover all expenses before sharing it with the government.
   
Taking advantage of the revenue-sharing agreement, RIL inflated capital expenditure from USD 2.4 billion to USD 8.4 billion, causing unquantifiable losses of thousands crores of rupees to the state, the PIL alleged. 

An NGO knocked the door of the court seeking a direction to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the CBI to inquire into purchase orders of 111 aircraft costing a whopping Rs 67,000 crore to Air India and cited the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's report in its support.

This case, filed by activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan, is likely to keep the court engaged in 2012.
   
The court also heard a PIL alleging a scam in the allotment of Kandla Port Trust land in which the authority allegedly gave away land at a throw away price.
   
The PIL sought a direction to take back the land alleging that a huge scam took place during 1960s and 1970s when plots, measuring 16,000 acres, near the port was leased out on nomination basis and not on competitive bidding.
   
Advocate Yakesh Anand filed a PIL seeking probe into alleged misuse of 3G spectrum licencing conditions by various private operators, including Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone, and causing a huge loss to the state exchequer.
   
He claimed that three cellular service operators were providing 3G mobile services in all circles despite the fact that they were having licenses to provide them (services) in a few circles only.
   
Anand accused Airtel, Aditya Birla group firm Idea Cellular and Vodafone of entering into arrangements with other operators (in different circles) which do not possess licenses for 3G services. The hearing would continue in next year also.

(Agencies)