The Central Bureau of Investigation, which had said that it was still probing the role of RADAG Chairman Anil Ambani in the 2G scam, has given a clean chit to him in the structuring of different companies and transfer of funds relating to Swan Telecom that got a spectrum licence.
"The investigation did not not reveal any evidence either oral or documentary to inculpate Sh. Anil Ambani in the structuring of different companies and transfer of funds," the agency said in its status report submitted to the Supreme Court on September 29.
The CBI was filing its response to a note submitted by petitioner Prashant Bhushan in which he had sought to create a "wrong impression" about the fairness and impartial nature of its investigations.
Among other things, Bhushan had alleged that it was inconceivable that three employees could have created a convoluted maze of companies to disguise Swan's real ownership and taken Rs.1,000 crore of company money without the approval of the Chairman of the Board.
The CBI said at the time of filing of applications to the Department of Telecom (DoT) for Universal Access Service (UAS) licences, the share holders of M/s Swan Telecom Private Limited included M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited (91.1 per cent) and M/s Reliance Telecom Limited (9.1 per cent).
The share holders M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited included two companies namely M/s Zebra Consultants Private Limited and M/s Parrot Consultant Private Limited. All these three companies were holding each other in an inter-locking structure. Fund invested by M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited in equity of M/s Swan Telecom Private Limited were ultimately sourced from M/s ADAE Ventures Private Limited.
On March 2, 2007, M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited further invested Rs 95.50 crore in the equity of M/s Swan Telecom Private Limited. These funds were ultimately sourced from M/s Sonata Investments Limited. Besides this, few small amounts were transferred to M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited from M/s AAA Consultancy Services Private Limited, the CBI said.
The agency said Ambani and his wife Tina were original promoters of M/s AAA Consultancy and M/s ADAR Ventures Private Limited. However, Ambani and his wife had transferred the shareholding of these companies to M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited, M/s Zebra Consultants Private Limited and M/s Parrot Consultant Private Limited during March-April, 2006, almost one year before the applications (of March 2, 2007) when M/s Swan Telecom Private Limited applied to DoT for 13 UAS licences.
As such during the relevant period, when M/s Swan Telecom Private Limited applied for UAS licences and the funds were transferred from these companies to M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited, Ambani and his wife were neither shareholders in these companies nor were associated with the management of these companies.
On another issue related to a statement by an ICICI bank official that a cheque of above Rs 10 crore required an approval of Ambani or his wife, the CBI said the "observation" was a distorted one as the bank official's statement mentioned that Ambani and his wife were signatories to the bank accounts of M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited, M/s Swan Consultants Private Limited, M/s ADAE Ventures Private Limited and M/s AAA Consultancy Services Private Limited since incorporation of these companies till relevant period for amounts more than Rs 10 crore.
"It does not not talk about the authority competent to approve those transactions in the company. It has been submitted in above paras that the Ambani couple had exited from these companies before the relevant period and so the question of approving these transactions is not not tenable.
"The investigation has revealed that they had not not issued any bank instrument including cheque, RTGS advice, transfer request, etc. which is relevant in the case. The payment of Rs 95.51 crore by M/s Tiger Traders Private Limited to M/s Swan Telecom Private Limited has been made through 10 different advices each for Rs 10 crore or less. These advices were signed by accused Gautam Doshi and Hari Nair and are part of records relied upon in the case," the CBI said in its status report.