A special trial court Thursday rejected a petition to include
industrialists Anil Ambani and Ratan Tata as co-accused in the
second generation (2G) spectrum case and also imposed a fine of
Rs.10,000 each on the petitioners.
Similarly, the special court of Central Bureau of Investigation
(CBI), presided over by Judge O.P. Saini, also rejected pleas to
include corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and Dayalu Ammal, wife of
former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi, as co-accused.
"The applications are not only devoid of any substance, but are
also contrary to law and deserve to be dismissed with heavy cost,
as application after application of this nature are being filed by
third parties resulting in loss of precious time," said Judge
"But I am inclined to take a lenient view as far as the cost is
concerned. Accordingly, both applications are dismissed, subject
to nominal cost of Rs.10,000 each," he said, asking them to
deposit the money within three days or face attachment warrants.
The pleas were filed by Dharmender Pandey, a scrap dealer at
Sahibabad in Uttar Pradesh, who wanted the CBI to further probe
the roles of Radia and Tata in the 2G case, and D. Furquan, a
doctor in the same town, wanting similar action on Ambani and
The judge wondered why the applications were filed when it was in
public knowledge that the probe agency was pursuing the matter and
would investigate the issue further if and when required. He also
questioned the timing since the third set of charges were due.
"The police case cannot be altered beyond recognition at the
instance of third parties whose motives are unknown and are also
not in possession of any new evidence," the judge further added.