2G scam: Anil Ambani to appear as witness

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 06:50 hrs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear on Monday a petition filed by Reliance Telecom Ltd. (RTL) challenging a trial court's order summoning Reliance ADA Group Chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) witnesses in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

This means, Ambani will have to appear as a prosecution witness in the case during the trial court hearing on Friday.

Earlier on July 22, a spokesperson for Reliance Telecom had said, "As legally advised, Reliance Telecom Ltd. has filed an SLP before the Hon'ble Supreme Court challenging the order of the Special Court, allowing the CBI application to call new witnesses at this late stage of the trial." 

"The approach of the CBI makes it clear that they have failed to establish any case, and the 2G charge-sheet is liable to be dropped altogether. Neither Mr. Anil Ambani nor Ms. Tina Ambani have moved the Supreme Court, and nor are they parties to the SLP."

A Delhi court July 19 allowed the CBI's plea to summon Anil Ambani, Tina Ambani and 11 others as prosecution witnesses in the 2G scam.

"The CBI in its plea said that the Reliance ADA Group Chairman's testimony is needed to explain why Reliance invested over Rs 900 crore in Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, facing trial in the case along with its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka," CNN-IBN reported.

The court on July 17 reserved its order on CBI's plea over summoning leading Indian businessman Anil Ambani and others in connection with the case.

In perhaps the biggest scam in independent India, allegedly masterminded by former telecom minister A Raja, spectrum was given away at throwaway prices in 2008 causing a potential revenue loss of up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

While Raja, a number of government and private sector officials and firms face trial, a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court last year had quashed 122 licenses issued under the sale.

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