2G case: Court defers order on Kanimozhi’s bail plea to 20th May

Earlier, the court had on 7th May reserved its order on the bail pleas of Ms Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar after hearing extensive arguments advanced by criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani who, citing the charge-sheet, blamed former telecom minister A Raja for the offence attributed to Ms Kanimozhi

New Delhi: In a sort of anti-climax, a special court on Saturday prolonged the suspense on the bail application of DMK MP Kanimozhi in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation case by deferring the pronouncement of its order till 20th May, reports PTI.

“The order is deferred to 20th May,” special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge OP Saini said after marking the presence of all the accused including 43-year-old Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

Seeing a huge presence of journalists, judge Saini questioned as to why there were so many journalists and then simply passed the order.

CBI lawyer AK Singh told reporters outside the court that the only reason which the judge gave for not pronouncing the order was that it was not ready.

The court also adjourned its pronouncement of order till 20th May on the bail plea of Sharad Kumar, MD and CEO of Kalaignar TV.

Ms Kanimozhi was accompanied by her husband G Aravindan and DMK parliamentary party leader TR Baalu.

Earlier, the court had on 7th May reserved its order on the bail pleas of Ms Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar after hearing extensive arguments advanced by criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani who, citing the charge-sheet, blamed former telecom minister A Raja for the offence attributed to Ms Kanimozhi.

The special court, designated by the Supreme Court to deal exclusively with the 2G case, has to decide the fate of Ms Kanimozhi who has been accused of taking Rs200 crore bribe for Kalaignar TV from Shahid Usman Balwa’s firm DB Realty.

The CBI has accused her of conspiring with Mr Raja. She has also been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for taking bribe through Kalaignar TV—a channel run by the DMK—in which the bribe of the 2G scam was routed.

Speaking to reporters after the court deferred its order on bail pleas of Ms Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy said Ms Kanimozhi is not going to escape from CBI’s clutches as more evidence against her is going to come up.

“I do not think she (Ms Kanimozhi) is going to escape as more evidence is going to come. I do not think this matter is in any way showing that she is going to be let off or that the CBI is going easy on her,” Mr Swamy said.

Ms Kanimozhi and Mr Kumar hold 20% stake each in Kalaignar TV while Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who holds the remaining 60% share in the broadcasting channel, has been made a witness.

Ms Kanimozhi appeared before the court on 6th May in compliance with the summons issued after she was named in the second charge-sheet.

Pressing for Ms Kanimozhi’s bail, Mr Jethmalani had sought to blame Mr Raja and Sharad Kumar for the alleged offence saying she neither signed any documents nor handled affairs of the company.

“My misfortune is that I am Mr Karunanidhi’s daughter and an MP. I have 20% shares in Kalaignar TV. Show me one overt act of mine which relates to the offence,” she had said.

Mr Jethmalani had contended that apart from having 20% shares in Kalaignar TV, she does not have any role in running its day-to-day affairs.

CBI opposed her bail plea saying her ‘complicity” in the alleged bribe given to Kalaignar TV in the 2G scam was clear.

“The transactions (of Rs200 crore) are nothing but the transfer of bribe money to Kalaignar TV. Mr Kumar alone cannot be held responsible when a family is having the controlling shares,” special public prosecutor UU Lalit had argued.

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CBI’s reasoning to spare Karunanidhi’s wife questioned in court

“Dayalu Ammal was signatory and director of the channel but she is not made an accused as she does not speak English. Meaning those who speak Tamil cannot commit crime,” the counsel for the two accused Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal argued

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) reasoning to spare Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam was on Friday questioned in a Delhi Court by two accused who said ignorance of any language cannot be a ground to absolve a person from the charge of conspiracy, reports PTI.

The accused, Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal, who played active role in routing Rs200 crore as a bribe to DMK-run Kalaignar TV contended that CBI cannot ignore Dayalu Ammal’s involvement in the alleged conspiracy on the flimsy ground of language when she was a major shareholder in the channel.

“This is a colourable exercise of power by the CBI of not making Dayalu Ammal, the major shareholder in Kalaignar TV, an accused,” their counsel Vijay Agarwal said while arguing for their bail.

“The fact that CBI did not make Dayalu Ammal an accused in the case on the ground that she knows only Tamil, suggests that conspiracies are hatched only in English or Hindi.”

“Dayalu Ammal was signatory and director of the channel but she is not made an accused as she does not speak English. Meaning those who speak Tamil cannot commit crime,” the counsel said.

“Even if she speaks only Tamil, her daughter (DMK MP Kanimozhi) could have explained the things,” he said.

Dayalu Ammal, the wife of DMK chief Karunanidhi, holds major shares in Kalaignar TV, which received the ‘illegal gratification’ of Rs200 crore from Dynamix Realty. She was named a witness in the second charge-sheet on the ground that she did not participate in the day-to-day affairs of the channel as she knew only Tamil language.

Mr Asif and Mr Agarwal, both directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, have been charged with entering into conspiracy with other accused to route the illegal gratification to Kalaignar TV.

Further, contending that the prosecution was trying to escape the questions put to it by the defence, they termed CBI as the ‘Confused Bureau of Investigation’.

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