2G scam: Relief for Kanimozhi, bail plea deferred

The court will now hear the bail plea on May 20 and is expected to pass its order that day itself.

Updated: May 14, 2011, 23:46 PM IST

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 2G spectrum case by
deferring the pronouncement of its order till May 20.

"The order is deferred to May 20," Special CBI Judge OP Saini said after marking the presence of all the accused
including 43-year-old Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M

Seeing a huge presence of journalists, 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 May 20 on the bail plea of Sharad Kumar, MD and CEO of
Kalaignar TV.

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

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

The special court, designated by the Supreme Court to
deal exclusively with the 2G case, has to decide the fate of
Kanimozhi who has been accused of taking Rs 200 crore bribe
for Kalaignar TV from Shahid Usman Balwa`s firm DB Realty.

The CBI has accused her of conspiring with 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.