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2G case: Anil Ambani may have to appear as witness before CBI tomorrow

New Delhi: Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambanimay have to appear tomorrow before a special CBI court as a
prosecution witness in 2G case as the Supreme Court todayrefused to give an urgent hearing on Reliance Telecom Ltd's
(RTL) plea against the trial court order and posted the casefor hearing on Monday.

A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi said the matterwould be listed on Monday when senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi,
appearing for RTL, pleaded for an early hearing in view of thefact that Ambani has been summoned to appear tomorrow beforethe special CBI court.

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Earlier, the apex court had said the case will be heardby a special bench, comprising justices Singhvi and K SRadhakrishnan, which is hearing all the matters pertaining to2G scam but no date was fixed for the hearing.

Contesting the July 19 order of the Special CBI Courtsummoning Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani to depose as
CBI witnesses, RTL questioned the decision to call newwitnesses at such a late stage of trial.

RTL, one of the three companies accused in the case, haschallenged the order of Special CBI Judge O P Saini, who made
the ADAG Chairman and his wife prosecution witnesses on CBI'splea that their testimony would throw light on ADAG's
companies alleged investment of over Rs 990 crore relating to2G spectrum in Swan Telecom.

RTL has moved the Supreme Court against the trial court'sorder as the apex court bench headed by Justice Singhvi had
earlier restrained all other courts, including high court,from entertaining any plea arising out of the 2G case.

The trial court had allowed CBI's plea that the testimonyof 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 UsmanBalwa and Vinod Goenka.

It had said CBI's plea to summon Anil Ambani, Tina and 11others as prosecution witnesses was essential for arriving at
a just decision in the case.Testimony of Anil and Tina is required to prove the facts"pertaining to incorporation of shell companies as some of thewitnesses examined earlier have not been able to do so," thetrial court had said.

The court had dismissed the contentions of the counselfor the accused persons that CBI's plea "suffers from the vice
of delay", saying the process of examination of prosecutionwitnesses is still underway.RADAG's company RTL is an accused in the case. Three topReliance ADAG executives Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara andHari Nair are also facing trial in the case.The agency had alleged RTL used Swan Telecom, anineligible firm, as its front company to get 2G licenses andradio waves.

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