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2G Scam: Delhi High Court Rejects Bail Plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar

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New Delhi: Giving a major jolt to the expectations of DMK Chief Karunanidhi to see his daughter outside the Tihar Jail, the Delhi High Court today dismissed bail plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, accused in the 2G spectrum case, saying there are prima facie evidences against them.

File photo of Kanimozhi

India’s premier news agency PTI has quoted Justice Ajit Bharihoke as saying: “There are certain prima facie evidences against the accused. Considering the complicity of the accused in the offence, the bail applications are dismissed.”

Kanimozhi’s mother Rajathi Ammal and DMK parliamentary party leader TR Baalu were present in the courtroom when the order was pronounced.

Kanimozhi, the 43-year-old daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, and Kumar were named by the CBI for allegedly receiving a kick back to tune of Rs 200 crore.

Both Kanimozhi and Kumar have 20% stake each in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd which allegedly received Rs200 crore through a “circuitous” route from Shahid Balwa promoted DB Realty.

DMK chief’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who has been left out of the list of accused, owns the remaining 60% shares in the channel.

Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the high court on May 23 challenging the trial court’s order which had rejected their bail pleas, saying the offence attributed to them was grave and the possibility of influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out.

CBI Special Judge OP Saini had on May 20 rejected the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Kumar and ordered their “forthwith” arrest. They are currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

Kanimozhi, who sought bail in the special court on the ground 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 her care as his father is working abroad.

Justice Bharihoke had on May 23 dismissed bail pleas of five corporate honchos, including Unitech Group managing director Sanjay Chandra and Reliance ADAG managing director Gautam Doshi in the case, saying there was a possibility that they may influence the witnesses.

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