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2G scam: Anil Ambani excused from court appearance today

Reliance ADA chairman Anil Ambani on Thursday managed a partial relief in the ongoing 2G scam trial. While the Supreme Court refused to give an urgent hearing on Reliance Telecom Ltd’s (RTL) plea against the trial court order summoning him as prosecution witness, the CBI Court hearing the 2G scam case allowed his plea seeking exemption till 15 August. 

Ambani’s plea seeking exemption from personal appearance in the 2G case on Friday as a prosecution witness on the grounds that he had pre-scheduled business engagements and that he had received the summons on 23 July and owing to extremely short notice of just two days, it would not be possible for him to appear before it, was allowed. Ambani, however, said that he would appear before the court any day after 15 August.

Earlier in the day, while the Supreme Court refused to interfere, Ambani’s team rushed to the Special CBI court. The apex court is likely to hear his case on Monday.

The Special Court had allowed the plea of CBI that 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.

RTL is an accused in the case. Three top Reliance ADAG executives are also facing trial in the case. CBI has alleged that RTL used Swan Telecom, an ineligible firm, as front company to get 2G licenses and radio waves.
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