Karunanidhi meets daughter Kanimozhi in Tihar jail

Karunanidhi also met ex-Telecom Minister A Raja and Kalaingar TV MD Sharad Kumar in Tihar.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In what can be called a perfect emotional scene right out of Bollywood movies, DMK chief M Karunanidhi met daughter Kanimozhi in Tihar jail on Monday evening.

Karunanidhi also met ex-Telecom Minister A Raja and Kalaingar TV`s MD Sharad Kumar who alongwith Kanimozhi are in Tihar jail on account of irregularities in 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Kanimozhi is lodged in Tihar jail since Friday when she was arrested after CBI named her as a co-accused in 2G spectrum allocation scam.

"The arrest (of Kanimozhi) is a vendetta against DMK and my family," Karunanidhi had said in an open letter to party cadres in the DMK official journal Friday.

Meanwhile Kanimozhi has moved Delhi High Court on Monday for bail in 2G case.

The DMK chief, who was in the national capital on a "personal visit", reached the jail premises at 5.43 pm and left in an hour at around 6.45 pm.

Director General (Prisons) Neeraj Kumar later told reporters that Karunanidhi entered the jail through the administrative block as he enjoys Z-plus security. He also said that a special request had been made that as the DMK leader was old and wheel-chair bound a place should be arranged where he could easily visit the three accused.

All the three accused have been lodged in three different jails within the Tihar complex.

"He was allotted a deputy superintendent`s room in jail number 6. It was selected because it was on the ground floor," Kumar said.

Karunanidhi first met his daughter and then Raja and Sharad Kumar. "While the family met Kanimozhi, the DMK leader met the two others alone," he added.

Karunanidhi was escorted by DMK parliamentary party chief TR Baalu and Kanimozhi`s husband G Aravinthan. Rajathi Ammal - Kanimozhi`s mother and Karunanidhi`s third wife - was also accompanied the leader to the prison.

The DMK chief, who came in black Mercedes, was accompanied by seven security cars. DMK leader Durai Murugan and K Ponmudi were also present.

DMK MP KP Ramalingam said: "It is purely a family visit and not a political one. That is why he never met any top UPA (United Progressive Alliance) leaders," he told reporters later.

"We will extend our moral support to her (Kanimozhi). We will camp in Delhi -- go to the court and come to the jail," Ramalingam added.

From the jail, Karunanidhi directly left for the domestic section of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. "He has to catch an 8 pm flight for Chennai," the DMK leader said.

"Tomorrow (Tuesday) MK Stalin (Karunanidhi`s son and Kanimozhi`s half brother) will come to meet her (in the jail)," Ramalingam added.

In an apparent expression of the DMK`s disappointment over the arrest of Kanimozhi, none of the six ministers of the party attended the second anniversary function of the UPA-II government here Sunday. The DMK was represented only by former minister TR Baalu.

Relations between the DMK and the Congress have sunk to a new low following the arrest of Kanimozhi. The alliance of the two parties also suffered a drubbing in the recent Assembly Elections in Tamil Nadu.

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