CBI wants to examine Anil, Tina Ambani in 2G case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought depositions of Reliance ADAG chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani in the 2G spectrum case, as witnesses, as the firm's officials, who were examined, have not given "clear-cut answers."

This is required to find out as to who decided on the allocation of radiowaves on behalf of their alleged shell companies, CBI told a Delhi court today.

CBI said the various witnesses of Reliance ADAG, who were examined during the ongoing trial, have not given proper answers on various issues and the facts could not be ascertained without examining Anil and Tina Ambani as prosecution witnesses.

"There are a number of witnesses from Reliance ADAG who have been examined. No one (witnesses) gave clear-cut answers as to who were the persons who took these decisions.

"There are seven facets of matters on which we do not have clear-cut answers and thus we want to examine Anil Ambani and Tina Ambani," special public prosecutor U U Lalit said while arguing on CBI's plea seeking to summon the Ambanis and others as prosecution witnesses.

Lalit said the court had, on 19 December last year, allowed CBI's plea and had summoned certain bank documents relating to the case and now they want to examine some of these witnesses to prove the same. Regarding Ambanis, he said there are seven areas with respect to which CBI wants to examine them.

He, however, said the CBI may decide not to examine both witnesses if either Tina or Anil Ambani gave clear answers.

"Whosoever comes first and gives the entire clear picture, we will straight away drop the second one," he told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

Opposing CBI's plea, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for Reliance ADAG executive, said it should be dismissed as it has been filed with an intention to harm the reputation of Anil and Tina Ambani.

"The idea is only to embarrass and harass them," he said.

The arguments will resume tomorrow.