New Delhi : Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea of South Asia Entertainment Holding Limited, which has been summoned as accused along with ex-Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and six others in the Aircel-Maxis case, challenging special 2G court’s jurisdiction to try the matter. The company mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice J S Khehar, which after a brief hearing, said it would hear it on September 27.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the accused company, argued that the Aircel-Maxis case was not related to 2G spectrum scam. He contended that CBI’s allegation that then Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran had pressurised Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran, to sell the stake in Aircel to Malaysian firm Maxis Group in 2006 owned by Ananda Krishnan, has nothing to do with the 2G scam.

When the bench asked as to “what is the stage of trial”, Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover said summons have been issued to the accused and some of them have also appeared before the 2G court. The bench observed “all our orders say this is one of the related cases.” To this, Salve said “I am not part of the 122 licences (cancelled by the apex court).-PTI

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