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    Ambani-Swan link: who cleared Swan payments?

    New Delhi: First his company was named as an accused in the 2G scam and now junior Ambani himself is in line of fire over the 2G controversy. ICICI manager Amit Khot has told Central Beurau of Investigation (CBI) in his statement that as per bank records payments off over Rs 10 crore could be authorised only by Anil and Tina Ambani.

    As per the ICIC manager's statement Swan consultant debited Rs 104 crore to Swan Telecom on October 19, 2007. Investigations have revealed that Swan Consultants was a subsidiary of the reliance ADA group.

    Was Anil Ambani unaware of such huge sum changing hands even though only he or his wife could have authorised such a transaction according to this Amit Khot? That's what CBI seems to believe.

    CBI sources say there is no evidence to charge Anil Ambani. Sources in CBI said they believed all Swan related transactions were carried out by Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair- the three Reliance executives who are in jail in the 2G scam.

    The Reliance ADA group clarified that neither Anil nor Tina Smbani signed any cheques.

    Sources in ADAG said Anil and Tina Ambani had no links with Swan Telecom and its customary to have over 10 signatories in relevant bank accounts.

    But the ICICI Bank statement to CBI says authorised signatories were categorised into three groups - Anil and Tina Ambani are in group 1 and can authorise limitless payments.

    Gautam Doshi and Surrendra Pipara in category 2 and can authorise payment upto Rs 10 crore.

    While Hari Nair is in category 3 and can authorise payment upto Rs 10 crore only jointly with a member of category 2.

    CBI says it questioned Anil Ambani on the Swan transactions but records show he was questioned on February 16 while Amit Khot's statement was recorded on February 23. This issue could be propped up when the trial begins in the special CBI court.