Deposition of Anil, Tina Ambani required in 2G case, says CBI
CBI said although various witnesses of Reliance ADAG were examined during the ongoing trial, they have not given proper answers on various aspects.
New Delhi: CBI on Tuesday told a Delhi court that deposition of Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani is required in the 2G spectrum case as witnesses as the firm's officials, who were examined, have not given "clear-cut answers" as to who decided on behalf of their alleged shell companies regarding the radiowaves allocation.
CBI said although various witnesses of Reliance ADAG were examined during the ongoing trial, they have not given proper answers on various aspects, due to which they now want to examine Anil and Tina Ambani as prosecution witnesses.
"There are a number of witnesses from Reliance ADAG who have been examined. No one (witnesses) gave clear-cut answers as to who were the persons who took these decisions.
"There are seven facets of matters on which we do not have clear-cut answers and thus we want to examine Anil Ambani and Tina Ambani," Special public prosecutor U U Lalit said while arguing on CBI's plea seeking to summon the Ambanis and others as prosecution witnesses to "arrive at the truth" and for a "just decision" in the case.
During the arguments, Lalit said the court had on December 19 last year allowed CBI's plea and had summoned certain bank documents relating to the case and now they want to examine some of these witnesses to prove the same. Regarding Ambanis, he said there are seven areas with respect to which CBI wants to examine them.
He, however, said as Tina and Anil Ambani's statements would be on parallel grounds and if one would give clear answers, they may drop the second person.
"Whosoever comes first and gives the entire clear picture, we will straight away drop the second one," he told Special CBI Judge O P Saini who would continue hearing the arguments tomorrow, adding the probe agency is not doing any roving inquiry in the matter.
Opposing CBI's plea, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for one of the top Reliance ADAG executives facing trial in the case, said it should be dismissed as it has been filed with an idea to harass Anil and Tina Ambani.
"The idea is only to embarrass and harass them," he said adding a "just decision of the case means just for both the sides. CBI cannot fill up the lacunae.