New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Reliance Telecommunications' plea challenging a special court's order summoning Anil Dhirubhai Amabani Group chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani to depose as prosecution witnesses. The plea will be taken up for hearing by Apex Court on Wednesday.

Reliance Telecom Limited (RTL) had earlier moved the Supreme Court on Monday, challenging the trial court's order summoning Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani as prosecution witnesses in 2G spectrum allocation case.

An Apex Court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that the matter would be taken up for hearing by an appropriate bench on Wednesday. The court ruling came as senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi, on behalf of Ambanis, pleaded before the court for the hearing of the plea.

Earlier on Friday, a special court had asked the Ambanis to appear before it after the CBI made them witness in the 2G spectrum allocation case. The CBI said that it was Tina Ambani who presided over meetings where key decisions on 2G were taken.

The trial court had on July 19 allowed CBI's plea that the testimony of Anil Ambani and Tina Ambani may throw light on the 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.
     
It had said that CBI's plea to summon Anil Ambani, Tina and 11 others 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 the witnesses examined earlier have not been able to do so,’ it had said.
     
The court had dismissed the contentions of the counsel for the accused persons that CBI's plea ‘suffers from the vice of delay’ saying that the process of examination of prosecution witnesses is still underway.
     
RADAG's Group company RTL is an accused in 2G spectrum allocation case. Three top Reliance ADAG executives- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair- are also facing trial in the case. The agency had alleged that RTL used Swan Telecom, an ineligible firm, as its front company to get 2G licenses and the costly radio waves.

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