New Delhi, July 28: Reliance ADA Group Chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani received fresh summon from special CBI court in connection with 2G spectrum scam case. The Ambanis earlier asked to appear before the court as prosecution witnesses.
While Mr Ambani has been asked to appear before the court on Aug 22, Mrs Ambani has been summoned on Aug 23. OP Saini, special CBI judge, has taken on record the list of witnesses to be called for recording of evidence submitted by the agency and issued fresh summons to them.
Other officials, who along with the Ambanis were summoned, were -- Reliance Energy Ltd officials Anita Gokhale and Kamalkant Gupta, CFSL experts Deepak R Handa and Vijay Verma and also a metropolitan magistrate.
Mr Ambani recently was exempted from appearing before the special CBI court on July 26. The ADAG Chairman had moved an exemption application to appear as a prosecution witness in the trial court.
The Supreme Court earlier had postponed the hearing on a plea filed by Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL) which had challenged lower court's July 19 order of summoning Mr and Mrs Ambani.
RTL, which has been facing trial in the telecom spectrum case, had mentioned about the Supreme Court's previous plea restraining all other courts, including high court, from entertaining any plea arising out of 2G scam case.
The company also had claimed that 2G trial is almost complete and summoning Mr and Mrs Ambani would not serve any purpose at this stage. Mr and Mrs Ambani were among those 13 witnesses who would be examined in the court as prosecution witnesses. Special CBI judge OP Saini had said, "I find that examination of these witnesses is necessary for just decision of the case..."
The investigative agency -- Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wanted to ascertain the alleged investment of over Rs 990 crore by Reliance ADA Group companies in Swan telecom Pvt Ltd. The agency contended Anil Ambani, who is the Chairman of Reliance ADA Group, would be able to "throw light" on the issues of the alleged investment by his group companies.
(With PTI inputs)