The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed till Tuesday next the summoning order against Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia,who has been ordered by the 2G special court to appear before it as an accused in a corruption case linked to allocation of additional 2G spectrum in 2002.
A bench led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir asked the 2G court to postpone till April 16 the proceedings against Ruia and also sought a response from the CBI on his petition,which has challenged the summoning order.
The court passed the same order on Ruias apparels it had delivered while granting the temporary relief to Sunil Bharti Mittal,chairman and managing director of Bharti Cellular Limited,who had also moved the court against the impugned summoning order.
The bench said it will hear Ruias petition along with Mittals plea on April 15.
In his petition,Ruia claimed that if true and correct facts about the affairs of Sterling Cellular Ltd,in which he was a director at that time,were placed before the trial court,such a summoning order may not have been passed.
He said in his petition that it appeared that the only basis for summoning him was that as he had chaired some of the meetings of the company.