2G scam: DMK in wilderness, Kanimozhi in Tihar
Kanimozhi is lodged in a 15 ft x 10 ft cell at Tihar Jail after being charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for taking Rs 200 cr bribe.
New Delhi: In a major setback to DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday rejected the bail plea of his daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, accused in the Rs 1.77 lakh crores 2G spectrum allocation scam.
The DMK MP is lodged in a 15 ft x10 ft cell at the Tihar Jail, far from the air-conditioning and other comforts which she is used to at her palatial bungalow in Chennai’s CIT colony.
43-year-old Kanimozhi was taken to Jail No. 6 by women personnel after a special CBI court rejected her bail plea and order her “forthwith” arrest.
A woman police personnel was seen holding Kanimozhi’s hands when she was taken from the Patiala House complex.
According to jail officials, Kanimozhi will have access to a television set, newspapers, a ceiling fan and a cot in her 15ft x 10 ft cell.
While reacting to Kanimozh’s arrest Congress said they won’t comment on the issue. Also Congress party clearly pointed out that this arrest is not going to affect the ties with the alliance in any ways.
Coming out in strong support of Kanimozh, Vasanthi Stanley of the DMK said “Kanimozh is the daughter of out Supremo and also she is a courageous woman, so DMK will look-out for all possible remedies to take out Kanimozh clean out of the mess. That’s not just the end of it.
The special CBI court also dismissed bail plea of Sharad Kumar, Managing Director and CEO of Kalaignar TV, in connection with the case.
Special CBI judge OP Saini, while observing that M Kanimozhi is a kingpin and has been the active brain behind the 2G scam, said, “The bail plea dismissed.”
The court, while ordering their "forthwith" arrest, also directed them to appear before it at 10 am on Monday.
However, the DMK leadership has decided to take the legal battle forward and Kanimozhi is likely to approach the Delhi High Court for getting bail.
In wake of the special CBI court rejecting the bail plea, both Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar are likely to be arrested by the CBI soon.
CBI had named Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar as co-conspirators in its April 25 supplementary chargesheet after it traced an illegal money trail of Rs.214 crore in the scam.
Ahead of the court order, Kanimozhi, clad in an orange salwar-kurta, looked calm and composed as she entered the Patiala House Court complex accompanied by her husband Aravindan.
However, she broke down completely after hearing the court’s verdict and was consoled by her husband and accompanying DMK leaders.
The 2G spectrum scam relates to irregularities in the allocation of spectrum licenses to telecom companies that caused huge losses to the national exchequer.
DMK leader and former Telecom Minister MP A Raja is already in jail in connection with the case.
Among those were present in the court room were former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, Raja`s aide R.K. Chandolia, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom and Sanjay Chandra of Unitech.
Two officials of ADAG, Gautam Doshi and Hari Nair, who were also named in the chargesheet, were present in the court room.
Cineyug Film`s Karim Morani was not present as he got exemption from personal appearance due to his ill health, while Surendra Pipara of Reliance, who is in judicial custody, was not produced in the court room as he is undergoing treatment for a heart problem at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Kalaignar TV channel had earlier stated that the Rs.214 crore it got was a loan and paid back with interest.
Today’s development is seen as a big blow for the DMK leadership, which has been claiming that A Raja and Kanimozhi are innocent, in the wake of its humiliating defeat in recently concluded Assembly election s in Tamil Nadu.