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New Delhi: A special court hearing the second-generation spectrum (2G) scam case on Tuesday deferred recording a statement from corporate lobbyist Niira Radia till 2 July, after the prosecution asked for an additional 50 transcripts of recorded conversations to be put on record before she is questioned by the court.

There are already 12 transcripts on record.

Counsel for Radia opposed this and asked for time to file a reply. O.P. Saini, the presiding judge, ruled in favour of a deferment.

Radia was scheduled to appear in the court on 5 December as a key witness for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that’s probing into irregularities in the allotments of 2G spectrum to telecom operators, but had asked for a postponement due to health reasons. She has reportedly undergone surgery for a neurological ailment, the Press Trust of India reported.

CBI named Radia as a witness in the case in its 2 April 2011 chargesheet, in which it named former communications minister A. Raja and others as accused in the case.

As part of the chargesheet, Radia had made a statement that Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd, facing trial in the case, was not eligible to get the unified access service (UAS) licences.

“Regarding M/s Swan Telecom, which was the only applicant to get the spectrum in Delhi circle, I would like to state that M/s Swan Telecom as applicant was not even eligible for getting a UAS licence, in view of the cross-holding clause. To the best of my understanding, it was controlled entirely by M/s Reliance Communications," Radia told CBI in a statement recorded by the agency on 21 December 2010.

Radia was the owner and promoter of Vaishnavi Group, a public relations firm that had both Tata group and Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd as its top clients.

CBI’s chargesheet says Reliance Telecom Ltd, an accused in the case, used Swan Telecom, an ineligible firm, as its front company to get licences and the costly radiowaves.

CBI has alleged that at the time of applying for the licences on 2 March 2007, Swan was an associate of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group/Reliance Communication Ltd/RTL. Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group has since been renamed Reliance Group.

Swan Telecom and its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Reliance Telecom and three top executives of Reliance Group—Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair—are facing trial for their alleged roles in the case.

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