A Delhi court today reserved for July 19 its order on the CBI’s plea seeking to summon Reliance ADA Group Chairman Anil Ambani,his wife Tina Ambani and others as prosecution witnesses in the 2G spectrum case.
“Arguments heard. Put up for order on July 19,” Special CBI Judge O P Saini said after hearing arguments from the CBI as well as the defence counsel on the plea.
During the hearing,special public prosecutor U U Lalit said that Anil Ambani would be the person who would be able to “throw light” on the matter relating to alleged investment of over Rs 990 crore in Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd,facing trial in the case,by Reliance ADA Group companies and other issues.
“Perhaps he (Anil Ambani) was not part of the decision making meeting but he was aware that Rs 992 crore was invested. He would be the person who would be able to throw light on the matter,” Lalit alleged.
He also told the court that so far as the meetings are concerned,Tina Ambani had presided over the relevant meetings.
Opposing the CBI’s plea,advocate Sidharth Aggarwal,appearing for three top executives of Reliance ADAG facing trial in the case,said that the delay on the part of the agency to move this application shows that it is not genuine.
CBI had earlier said that Reliance ADAG 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 and due to this it now wants to examine Anil and Tina Ambani as prosecution witnesses.
CBI prosecutor had also 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.
Opposing CBI’s plea,senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi,appearing for one of the top Reliance ADAG executives facing trial in the case,had said it should be dismissed as it has been filed with an idea to harass Anil and Tina Ambani.
Advocate Vijay Aggarwal,who appeared for Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa,has also opposed CBI’s plea saying the agency had told the court a number of times that
its probe into the case is over but now they are saying these
witnesses are required to be examined.
He had said some of the documents which CBI wanted to place before the court are prior to the date of the alleged conspiracy and the agency is “filling its lacunae” in the case.
RADAG’s Group company Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL) is an accused in the case. Three top Reliance ADAG executives-Gautam Doshi,Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair-are facing trial in the case along with Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka.