DB Realty MD Vinod Kumar Goenka, facing trial in 2G spectrum allocation case, has been exempted by a Delhi court from appearing before it for a week to take care of his business in Mumbai.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini exempted Goenka from personal appearance for a week, brushing aside his plea for permanent exemption. Goenka had sought permanent exemption from personal appearance saying his real estate business is suffering in his absence.
As the court expressed its unwillingness to allow him permanent exemption from personal appearance, he withdrew his application and made a fresh request for one week’s exemption on the same ground.
The court allowed Goenka’s plea and gave him exemption till July 25 after CBI Special Public Prosecutor U U Lalit did not object to it.
At the onset of the day’s proceedings, senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for Goenka, submitted that his client’s business and family, including his ailing father, are in Mumbai. He said his client needs to go there to take care of his family and rejuvenate his business as all his projects are being delayed.