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2G case: Anil Ambani summoned as prosecution witness

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 08:36

New Delhi: Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani was Monday directed by a trial court to appear on July 26 in the 2G spectrum case hours after the Supreme Court decided to hear on Tuesday Reliance Telecom Ltd's(RTL) plea against the order summoning him and his wife Tina Ambani as prosecution witnesses.

Contesting July 19 order of the Special CBI Court summoning Ambani couple to depose as CBI witnesses, RTL approached a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam which agreed for urgent hearing on Wednesday but later preponed it for tomorrow on RTL's plea.

RTL, one of the three companies, accused in the case has challenged the order of Special CBI judge O P Saini, who made ADAG Chairman and his wife prosecution witnesses on CBI's plea that their testimony would throw light on ADAG's companies alleged investment of over Rs 990 crore relating to 2G spectrum in Swan Telecom.

Notwithstanding the apex court's decision to hear RTL's plea, the trial court issued summons to Anil Ambani to appear before it on Friday.

Earlier in the day, the apex court bench, also comprising justices J Chelameswar and Vikramajit Sen, said RTL's petition challenging the July 19 order of the trial court would be heard by an "appropriate bench" dealing with the 2G matter.

RTL moved the Supreme Court against the trial court's order as the apex court bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi had earlier restrained all other courts, including high court, from entertaining any plea arising out of the 2G scam case.

The trial court had on July 19 allowed CBI's plea that the testimony of Anil and Tina Ambani may throw light on alleged investment of over Rs 990 crore by his group companies in Swan Telecom, facing trial in the case along with its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka.

It had said CBI's plea to summon Anil Ambani, Tina and 11 others as prosecution witnesses was essential for arriving at a just decision in the case.

Testimony of Anil and Tina is required to prove the facts "pertaining to incorporation of shell companies as some of the witnesses examined earlier have not been able to do so," the trial court had said.

The court had dismissed the contentions of the counsel for the accused persons that CBI's plea "suffers from the vice of delay" saying the process of examination of prosecution witnesses is still underway.

RADAG's Group company RTL is an accused in the case. Three top Reliance ADAG executives-- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair-- are also facing trial in the case.

The agency had alleged RTL used Swan Telecom, an ineligible firm, as its front company to get 2G licenses and the costly radio waves.


First Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:59
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