New Delhi : CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has made a startling revelation by saying that the CBI was not consulted before calling Industrialist Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani as prosecution witnesses in the 2G Spectrum case. The decision was taken by Special Public Prosecutor U U lalit, Sinha added.
The position of CBI, which is probing the 2G case, was made known on Sunday after both Anil, Chairman of Reliance ADAG, and Tina appeared before a special CBI court on August 22 and 23 separately.
Appearing before Special CBI judge O P Saini hearing the 2G spectrum case, Anil had on Thursday retracted from his statement made during the probe in February, 2011. In the case of Tina, CBI claimed that she was ‘deliberately withholding facts’, which the judge found was ‘adverse’ to the prosecution.
“The additional prosecution witnesses were summoned by the court appointed counsel (U U Lalit) and we were not consulted about them,” CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said.
Sinha said this when he was asked whether the stand taken by Amil and Tina was a blow to CBI investigations in the case. Though the CBI Director refused to elaborate anything beyond this, sources in the agency said the evidence was well documented and the statements could have no bearing on the outcome.
The 54-year-old corporate baron, during his deposition on August 22, recalled that he had visited CBI in February, 2011 but did not hand over any note to the CBI officer.
A day later, Tina denied having any knowledge about the company affairs or about Reliance ADAG’s top executives Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair and group’s Managing Director Gautam Doshi, who are facing trial.
Tina also denied that she knew ‘everything’ about the six companies, which are said to be associate firms of Reliance ADAG. During her deposition, Tina told the court that she had ‘no role’ in the running of Reliance ADAG as she was “a housewife, run a hospital and do a lot of social work.”