New Delhi: The CBI on Monday opposed the plea of Tina Ambani, wife of Reliance ADA Group chairman Anil Ambani, seeking exemption from personal appearance as a witness in the 2G spectrum case in a Delhi court, saying it is like “dragging the trial".

“We will file our reply. It’s like dragging the trial. Earlier Mr. Ambani had filed a plea seeking time and now Mrs. Ambani is seeking time. We will argue on this," CBI prosecutor K.K. Goel said after Tina Ambani sought exemption from personal appearance as a witness in the court on 23 August.

Special CBI judge O.P. Saini asked CBI to file its reply on the plea and fixed the matter for arguments on 21 August.

Tina Ambani has been summoned as a CBI witness by the court and her recording of statement is scheduled for 23 August. The court has also summoned Anil Ambani for 22 August to depose as a witness in the case. In her plea, she said due to “prior commitments" it will not be possible for her to travel to Delhi on 23 August. “I wish to state that owing to prior commitments, it will not be possible for me to travel to Delhi on August 23, 2013. I request your honour (judge) to kindly grant an adjournment for my appearance and fix a new date at any time towards the end of September 2013 or preferably October 2013 at your convenience," she said.

She also said that summons dated 26 July has been received by her on 6 August. Earlier, Anil Ambani, who was scheduled to depose in the court on 26 July, had moved a plea for exemption from personal exemption on the grounds that he has “pre-scheduled" business engagements. The court on 25 July had allowed his plea and had later summoned him for 22 August for recording of statement.

The court, on 19 July, had allowed CBI’s plea to make Anil and Tina Ambani as prosecution witnesses after the agency had said their testimonies may throw light on alleged investment of over 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 Ambani, his wife and 11 others as prosecution witnesses was essential for arriving at a just decision in the case.

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