Tina Ambani withholding facts: CBI

Tina Ambani
Tina Ambani

NEW DELHI: After her husband Anil Ambani, Tina Ambani appeared in a Delhi court as a witness in the 2G spectrum case and CBI claimed that she was “deliberately withholding facts” which the judge found was “adverse” to the prosecution.

Special CBI judge O P Saini hearing the case said her adverseness sprang from her failure to recall about the companies, said to be associates of RADAG, relating to which she had signed the documents.

“In the instant case, though there is no previous statement of witness (Tina), nor has she introduced any new fact adverse to the prosecution, but has certainly signed some documents, which have been shown to her.

“As such, her adverseness springs from her not recalling about the companies relating to which she signed the documents,” Judge Saini said while allowing the CBI to cross-examine its own witness Tina Ambani.

Her husband was yesterday cross-examined by CBI lawyer after he resiled from his statement made during the probe in February, 2011.

During the recording of statement, when Tina said she did “not have any knowledge” of Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, facing trial in the case, special public prosecutor U U Lalit requested the court that he be permitted to put one question to her, “which an adverse party is permitted to put in cross-examination.”
Lalit said that Tina has not “disclosed true facts” in the court regarding identification of some persons, companies and the business conducted in the meetings of these firms.

The defense counsel opposed Lalit’s arguments saying “no foundation” has been laid for asking such question and Tina has neither resiled from any of her earlier statements nor has she denied her signatures.

The court, however, permitted the prosecutor to ask questions from Tina while overruling the objections of defense lawyers.

During her deposition, the judge remarked that Tina was better than her husband Anil Ambani in answering questions in the court.

“Ye Ambani sahab se to better hai (She is better than Ambani),” the judge said with a smile.

When the prosecutor continued asking questions to Tina, senior advocate Harish Salve said, “I agree she is a very charming witness and that is why the prosecutor wants to go on and on.”

This remark, however, did not go well with the prosecutor requesting Salve not to pass such comments. – PTI

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