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2G scam: Anil Ambani, Tina summoned as witnesses in Rs 990 cr Swan Telecom case

Jul 19 2013, 17:59 IST
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CBI had contended that Anil Ambani, who is the Chairman of Reliance ADA Group, will be able to CBI had contended that Anil Ambani, who is the Chairman of Reliance ADA Group, will be able to "throw light" on the issues of alleged investment by his group companies. (In picture: Tina and Anil Ambani with Amitabh Bachchan) Reuters
SummaryAmbani is required to be examined regarding decisions on incorporation of shell companies.

Reliance ADA Group Chairman Anil Ambani, his wife Tina and 11 others were today summoned as prosecution witnesses in the 2G spectrum allocation case related to Reliance Communications unit by a Delhi court.

"I find that examination of these witnesses is necessary for just decision of the case...," Special CBI Judge O P Saini said adding "the application is allowed in total and all 13 are summoned."

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CBI, in its plea, had sought summoning of Anil Ambani as witness in the case to ascertain the alleged investment of over Rs 990 crore by Reliance ADA Group companies in Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, facing trial in the case along with its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka.

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The agency had contended that Anil Ambani, who is the Chairman of Reliance ADA Group, will be able to "throw light" on the issues of alleged investment by his group companies.

Ambani is required to be examined regarding the decisions on incorporation of the alleged shell companies, special public prosecutor U U Lalit had said, adding that although he may not have been a part of the decisions taken on these issues, he would have been aware about these matters.

CBI had said that Ambani and his wife had "unrestricted powers" so far as cheque issuing authority is concerned and Tina Ambani had presided over the relevant meetings.

The advocates appearing for the three top executives of Reliance ADAG who are facing trial in the case had opposed CBI's plea saying that the delay on the agency's part in moving this application shows that it is not genuine.

The defence counsel had argued that reasons for the delay could be explained but CBI has not given any explanation regarding this.

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.

The defence counsel had said that the agency was trying to establish a new case at this stage of the trial.

The court had reserved its order on July 17 on CBI's plea after hearing arguments from both the sides.

The CBI had earlier sought to make 17 persons, including Anil Ambani and Tina, as witnesses in the case but during the arguments, it had told the court

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