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2G case: Anil Ambani reaches court to depose

Aug 22, 2013 09:29 AM IST Business Business

New Delhi: Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Chairman Anil Ambani has reached a Delhi court where he will depose as a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

There are no charges against Anil Ambani but a unit of his Reliance Communications and three of his group executives are among those charged over payments to Swan Telecom in the case. The Supreme Court had refused to have a early hearing on the Reliance Telecom application objecting to Anil Ambani's appearance in 2G spectrum case.

Earlier on Wednesday, the CBI left it to the court of Special Judge OP Saini to take appropriate view on Ambani's wife Tina Ambani's plea for exemption from appearance on August 23 as a witness in the 2G spectrum case.

"It is prayed that this court may take an appropriate view in the instant application filed on behalf of Mrs Tina A Ambani deemed fit in the interest of trial of the case," the CBI said in its reply filed before the court.

The reply was filed by the CBI on the plea of Tina Ambani who had sought exemption from personal appearance on August 23, when she is scheduled to appear in the court as a witness.

The CBI, in its two-page reply on Tina Ambani's plea, said, "No witness other than Mrs Tina Ambani has been summoned for August 23, 2013." "Moreover, most of the prosecution witnesses in this case now have been examined during trial and only few additional witnesses now called by the prosecution under section 311 CrPC and the investigating officers primarily remain to be examined in the trial," the agency said.

In her plea, Tina Ambani had said that due to "prior commitments" it would not be possible for her to travel to Delhi on August 23. "I wish to state that owing to prior commitments, it will not be possible for me to travel to Delhi on August 23, 2013.

(With additional inputs from PTI)