2G: Court adjourns hearing on Dayalu Ammal's plea

Special CBI judge O P Saini adjourned the matter taking into consideration the medical grounds cited by her.

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday deferred the hearing in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case as Dayalu Ammal, wife of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, and a key prosecution witness in the case, sought adjournment on the ground that she was unwell and also her petition seeking exemption from appearance was pending in the Supreme Court.

Special CBI judge O P Saini adjourned the matter taking into consideration the medical grounds cited by her.

However, the judge orally made it clear that simply because someone has moved a higher court is no ground for adjournment.

CBI opposed the application for adjournment on medical grounds and said earlier also Ammal had sought exemption on similar grounds.

Ammal's counsel submitted it is only a matter of sometime till the Supreme Court decides on their plea for exemption from deposing as a prosecution witness.

The court then adjourned the matter till tomorrow when former Unitech's official Kiran Sharma will depose as a prosecution witness.

Karunanidhi's daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar, Managing Director of the TV channel, are facing trial in the case along with former Telecom Minister A Raja, DB Realty Ltd MD Vinod Goenka and others.

CBI had, in its charge sheet, discussed the routing of over Rs 200 crore as alleged bribe money from M/S Dynamix Realty to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd through M/S Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd.

In its first charge sheet filed on April 2, 2011, CBI had said the money had travelled through a "circuitous route" through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, a DB group company and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd, to Kalaignar TV in which Dayalu Ammal, Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar were having 60, 20 and 20 percent shares respectively.

Ammal was not named as an accused in the case by CBI which had said that due to her advanced age and "non-understanding" of any language other than Tamil, she was only fulfilling the legal requirements of Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd in which she is one of the Directors.

CBI had said Ammal had delegated her power to Sharad Kumar to run the company's affairs.