STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 25 July
The special CBI court trying 2G spectrum allocation scam case today granted exemption to Anil Ambani from personal appearance tomorrow as a prosecution witness.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini allowed the plea of Ambani, who was summoned for tomorrow, seeking exemption from personal appearance on the ground that he has pre-scheduled business engagements.
Ambani, who was directed to appear tomorrow, approached the CBI court after Supreme Court refused to give an urgent hearing on RTL’s plea against the trial court order and posted the case for hearing on Monday.
Ambani approached the court of Special CBI Judge O P Saini, saying he had received the summon on 23 July and owing to extremely short notice of just two days, it would not be possible for him to appear before it.
"I request your honour to kindly grant an adjournment for my appearance and fix a new date at any time after August 15, 2013 at your convenience," said the application.
The special court had allowed CBI’s plea that the testimony of Anil and Tina Ambani may throw light on alleged investment of over Rs 990 crore by his group companies in Swan Telecom, facing trial in the case along with its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka.
The court had said CBI’s plea to summon Ambani, his wife and 11 others as prosecution witnesses was essential for arriving at a just decision in the case.
Testimony of Anil and Tina Ambani is required to prove the facts "pertaining to incorporation of shell companies as some of the witnesses examined earlier have not been able to do so," the trial court had said.