CBI to tell why Mukesh and Anil Ambani were not prosecuted
Transparency watchdog the Central Information Commission on Friday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to provide details of why charge-sheet was not filed against Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani.business Updated: May 28, 2011 02:28 IST
Transparency watchdog the Central Information Commission on Friday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to provide details of why charge-sheet was not filed against Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet in 2010 in a case registered against Reliance Industries Limited in 2006. While some directors of the company were named in the chargesheet the Ambani brothers were not prosecuted.
P C Srivastava filed a Right To Information application with the CBI seeking reasons for not prosecuting them. The CBI refused to provide the information saying it was being held in a fiduciary relationship between the law officer and same cannot be disclosed to third person. Fiduciary is communication between two persons in confidentiality.
Srivastava filed first appeal with the CBI which again refused to provide the documents saying the case was finalized after obtaining legal opinion and evaluation of evidence.
"The argument raised by CBI to justify the denial of information…appears to be nothing more than a mere apprehension," said Shailesh Gandhi, while asking the CBI to provide information by June 20.
He also said the CBI failed to produce "cogent evidence" before the commission to prove that denial of information under the RTI Act was justified. Gandhi also said that the commission was unable to understand how lack of evidence against a person can be used by another person against whom evidence has been found leading to filing of the charge-sheet.