2G: RTL says trial court should await outcome of SC hearing

2G: RTL says trial court should await outcome of SC hearing

Last Updated: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 08:50 hrs
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Reliance Telecom Ltd today approached a special CBI court with the plea that it should "await" outcome of Supreme Court's proceedings on their petition challenging summoning of additional witnesses, including Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani and Tina Ambani, before examining it in the 2G case.

The accused firm filed an application in the court, saying it would be "just and proper" to await outcome of the proceedings before the apex court on their plea in which they had challenged the trial court's July 19 order in which it had summoned some additional witnesses while allowing CBI's plea.

The trial court, in its July 19 order, had said that the CBI's plea to summon Anil Ambani, Tina Ambani and 11 others as prosecution witnesses was essential for arriving at a just decision in the case.

The court has summoned Anil Ambani and Tina Ambani for August 22 and 23 respectively for recording of their statement in the case.

In its petition filed today, the accused firm said, "it is requested that in the meantime, witnesses other than those forming the subject matter of order dated July 19, 2013 be taken up and examined."

"The court is requested not to examine the witnesses covered under order dated July 19, 2013 till the time the petition is disposed by the Supreme Court of India," it said.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini issued a notice to CBI seeking its reply on August 21 on om Ltd's (RTL) plea.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for RTL, told the court that they were not seeking any stay on the trial proceedings but their request was that additional witnesses should not be called on August 19 and 21.

Rohatgi said that the apex court has heard arguments on their plea on various dates and the matter has now been fixed for August 21 before the Supreme Court.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan is hearing the 2G matters in the apex court and it had yesterday said that it will continue with the hearing of the petitions related to the case on August 21.

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