The Delhi high court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation on the plea of Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, seeking her release from the Tihar Jail on bail in 2G spectrum case.
Justice Ajit Bharihoke, while entertaining the bail application of the imprisoned DMK MP, an accused in 2G spectrum allocation scam case, asked the agency to file a status report detailing the stage of its investigation and the judicial proceedings in the case on the next date of hearing on Monday.
The judge also sought CBI’s response on the bail application of Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, who is also languishing in Tihar Jail. The court will hear the matter on May 30. This means, Kanimozhi and Kumar will have to remain in prison for at least a week more in connection with the case. Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the high court after the special CBI court had dismissed their bail pleas and ordered their arrest on May 20.
Rejecting their bail applications, special CBI court judge OP Saini had said that the offence attributed to them was grave and the possibility of influencing the witnesses could not be ruled out. Kanimozhi, who sought bail on grounds of being a woman, had approached the high court seeking relief citing the need to look after her school-going child who is devoid of the care of his father working abroad.
“The petitioner (Kanimozhi has a single school-going child to be taken care of. Her husband is employed abroad and the court should grant bail to her,” said Kanimozhi in her bail application.
Kanimozhi and Kumar were named in the CBI chargesheet for allegedly receiving a kick back to tune of 200 crore. Both Kanimozhi and Kumar have 20% stake each in Kalaignar TV which received 200 crore through a circuitous route. DMK chief’s wife Dayalu Ammal owns the remaining 60% stake in the channel.
In her bail application, the DMK MP claimed she was innocent and falsely implicated in the case due to “the biased and concocted reports of the media based on conjectures and surmises.”
Kanimozhi said that she had cooperated with CBI in its investigation in the case and voluntarily complied with the court’s summons. She also cited observations made by the special judge in his order that she had shown “extremely dignified conduct” in the court by appearing regularly.
“She is a respectable person having roots in society. Being a Member of Parliament and a law-abiding citizen, she will neither flee from justice nor will tamper with evidence nor interfere with the course of trial,” said Kanimozhi in her bail application. Economic Times