Monday, August 19, 2013

2G case: Tina Ambani seeks exemption from personal appearance in court

New Delhi:19 Aug 2013,

Citing prior commitments, Tina Ambani, moved an application before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge OP Saini and requested it to fix a new date. The court listed the plea for arguments on August 21.

In her application, Tina Ambani said: \"I wish to state that owing to prior commitments, it will not be possible for me to travel to Delhi on August 23.\"

The court earlier issued summons to Anil and Tina Ambani for recording their statement as prosecution witnesses on August 22 and 23, respectively.

Tina Ambani\'s application said: \"I request your honour to kindly grant an adjournment for my appearance and fix a new date at any time towards the end of September or preferably October at your convenience.\"

CBI prosecutor KK Goel opposed the application saying it was an attempt of dragging the trial. The trial court had earlier allowed the CBI\'s plea to make Anil Ambani, his wife and 11 others prosecution witnesses in the case. There are, however, no charges against Anil Ambani and his wife.

One of the main contentions of the probe agency for calling Ambanis as prosecution witnesses was that Swan Telecom, which was among the companies that got telecom spectrum and licence in 2008, was a shell of Anil Ambani Group and was hence not eligible - a matter that has been denied by the defence.

The CBI said Tina Ambani presided over meetings where key decisions on 2G were taken. Three executives of Reliance Group and the promoters of Swan are facing trial.
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