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RTL assails trial court's order summoning Anil, Tina Ambani

Last Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 19:18

New Delhi: Reliance Telecom Ltd Monday assailed in the Supreme Court the order of the special court allowing CBI plea to make Anil Ambani and his wife Tina as witnesses in 2G spectrum case saying it was aimed at "covering the lacunae" of the agency which has been "groping in dark".

Reliance Telecom Ltd, one of the three companies named as accused in the case, contended that the trial court wrongly exercised its power allowing CBI plea to make Ambani couple along with 11 others witnesses in the case which would prejudice the case of accused.

"There is nothing to discover from Anil Ambani. He has already given his statement (to CBI) under section 161 of Code of Criminal Procedure on February 16, 2011. The reason for filing the application (by CBI) is to camouflage its own lacunae.

"It (CBI) is groping in dark and fishing for something. It is nothing but to cover up its lacunae," RTL's counsel and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted before a bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan.

Rohatgi made it clear that the petition challenging the July 19 order of the trial court on the issue was not filed by Ambani but by the RTL as it was passed on the misconceived application of the CBI at the fag end of the trial when 140 witnesses have been examined.

He also questioned the reasoning of the trial court that the order summoning fresh set of witnesses was in sequence to the order of November 19, 2012 when the CBI's plea for placing additional documents relating some banks was allowed.

The senior advocate assailed this order saying "when prosecution has been unable to prove its case after examination of 140 witnesses it should be the funeral of the case".

He submitted that the trial court judge should not give "helping hand" to the CBI for its shoddy job as section 311 of the CrPC under which the agency's plea was allowed "is not a handle to help prosecution" more so when the whole trial procedure has gone for toss.


First Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 19:18
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