Kanimozhi pleads for bail to look after school-going kid

A special CBI court had rejected Kanimozhi`s bail plea and ordered her "forthwith" arrest.

New Delhi: Three days after the dismissal
of her bail plea, DMK MP Kanimozhi along with Kalaignar TV MD
Sharad Kumar on Monday moved the Delhi High Court challenging the
trial court`s order.

CBI Special Judge OP Saini had rejected Kanimozhi and
Kumar`s bail pleas on May 20 and ordered their "forthwith"
arrest. They are currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

The CBI had named 43-year-old Kanimozhi and Kumar as
accused in the second chargesheet filed on April 25 in the 2G
scam. It had indicted Kanimozhi for taking a bribe to the tune
of Rs 200 crore, which was routed to Kalaignar TV, in which
she has 20 per cent stake.

Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Kanimozhi
in the special court, had sought her release on the ground
that she is a woman.

"Even in the cases of grievous nature like murder, an
accused may be released on bail solely on the ground that she
is a woman," Jethmalani had argued.

The special CBI court, however, refused to accept the
submissions and had said that in a case of such enormity,
gender cannot be a ground for bail.

"Sex is one of the grounds which may be considered at
the time of grant of bail. However, considering the magnitude
of the crime and the allegations against her, I am unable to
show any consideration to her on this ground," it had said.

However, the "dignified" conduct of Kanimozhi during
court proceedings had earned her some special praise from the
special court.

"I wish, I could show her some consideration,
considering her extremely dignified conduct in the court," the
CBI judge had said.

PTI