recall" was his stock reply to most of the questions put up by the prosecution. He said it was not in his knowledge that Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL) had applied for unified access service licences (UASL) in 2007.
"Sir, you are forgetting too much. Try to recollect something," the judge told Ambani. At another point, the judge observed "This is an advice to you. It can go against you also that you don't know even the names of your companies. So be careful."
Further he did not "recall" if Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL), an accused firm, had made an investment in STPL, also facing trial in the case along with its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka.
"It is wrong to suggest that STPL was a shelf company of my group. It is wrong to suggest that it was in my knowledge that STPL had applied for UAS Licence for J&K service area in 2007. I cannot recall if RTL had made an investment to the extent of 9.9 per cent in equity shares in STPL," Ambani told the court.
During his cross examination by CBI prosecutor K K Goel, Ambani said although he was examined by CBI during the probe he does not know if his statement was recorded.
"I was examined by CBI. However, I do not know if any statement of mine was recorded or not," he said when he was asked about his statement given to the agency under section 161 (examination before police officer) of the CrPC.
"I remained present in the CBI office for many hours and I do not recall any statement being recorded and there were a number of people present during my presence," he said.
He also denied suggestions of the prosecutor that it was in his knowledge that the structure of STPL was created in such a way so that its "real ownership" is not known.
"It is wrong to suggest that it was in my knowledge that the structure of STPL be created in such a manner that its real ownership should not be known. It is wrong