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SC holds Anil Ambani, 2 others guilty of contempt

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Feb 20 - The Supreme Court on Wednesday held RCom chairman Anil Ambani and two others guilty of contempt of court for violating its order by not paying dues of Rs 550 crore to Ericsson, and said they faced a three-month jail term if Rs 453 crore was not paid to the telecom equipment maker in four weeks.

The Supreme Court held that the RCom chairman as well as Reliance Telecom chairman Satish Seth and Reliance Infratel chairperson Chhaya Virani breached the undertaking given to the apex court and related orders.

The apex court said Ambani and the others will have to purge contempt by paying Rs 453 crore to Ericsson in four weeks.

A bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran said if the �contemnors� failed to make the payments within the specified period, they will undergo a jail term of three months.

Ambani, Seth and Virani were present in the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced.

The apex court also directed Reliance Communication, Reliance Telecommunication and Reliance Infratel to deposit Rs 1 crore each in four weeks to the apex court registry. If not, the chairpersons of these companies will have to undergo additional jail term of one month.

It directed that Rs 118 crore already deposited by Reliance Group in the apex court registry be disbursed to Ericsson within a week.

�From undertakings given by Reliance Group�s top brass, it appears they have wilfully not paid the amount to Ericsson despite orders and undertakings given,� it said.

The apex court specified that any unconditional apology given by Reliance needs to be rejected as they have breached the undertaking and

order. � PTI

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SC holds Anil Ambani, 2 others guilty of contempt

NEW DELHI, Feb 20 - The Supreme Court on Wednesday held RCom chairman Anil Ambani and two others guilty of contempt of court for violating its order by not paying dues of Rs 550 crore to Ericsson, and said they faced a three-month jail term if Rs 453 crore was not paid to the telecom equipment maker in four weeks.

The Supreme Court held that the RCom chairman as well as Reliance Telecom chairman Satish Seth and Reliance Infratel chairperson Chhaya Virani breached the undertaking given to the apex court and related orders.

The apex court said Ambani and the others will have to purge contempt by paying Rs 453 crore to Ericsson in four weeks.

A bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran said if the �contemnors� failed to make the payments within the specified period, they will undergo a jail term of three months.

Ambani, Seth and Virani were present in the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced.

The apex court also directed Reliance Communication, Reliance Telecommunication and Reliance Infratel to deposit Rs 1 crore each in four weeks to the apex court registry. If not, the chairpersons of these companies will have to undergo additional jail term of one month.

It directed that Rs 118 crore already deposited by Reliance Group in the apex court registry be disbursed to Ericsson within a week.

�From undertakings given by Reliance Group�s top brass, it appears they have wilfully not paid the amount to Ericsson despite orders and undertakings given,� it said.

The apex court specified that any unconditional apology given by Reliance needs to be rejected as they have breached the undertaking and

order. � PTI

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