A special CBI court exempted DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar from appearing in person on May 12 and 13 for hearings in the 2G scam case. The court, on Tuesday, allowed the 43-yearold daughter of Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi to appear on May 12 before Chennai Income Tax Office to respond to summons for alleged tax evasion.
The court will issue an order on the duo’s bail petitions on May 14. Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar hold 20% stake each in Kalaignar TV and have been charged by the CBI for accepting Rs 209 crore as ‘illegal gratification’ or bribes from DB Group in return for favours Raja had extended to that company and helping it obtain a telecom licence.
CBI judge OP Saini imposed conditions that the duo should not try to “contact or influence any witness or tamper with evidence while in Chennai” and asked their legal counsels to be present in court on both the days. Special prosecutor UU Lalit did not oppose the plea made by former additional solicitor general Altaf Ahmed who said that Kanimozhi and Kumar had to appear in person before the Income Tax office at Nungambakkam, Chennai, on May 12 at 11 am and 12.30 pm, respectively, for giving their evidence. “They have received notice from the Income Tax department… directing them to attend income tax office in person.
It is not possible for them to return from Chennai on the same day, they may be granted exemption from personal appearance for May 12 and 13,” Ahmed said. Last week, Lalit had told the CBI special court that Kanimozhi was ‘very close’ to former telecom minister A Raja and even ‘lobbied with the DMK and the Centre’ for the latter’s reappointment as telecom minister in 2009, ‘strictly establishing the connection between them’ . Economic Times