No bail yet for Kani, SC seeks answers

DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar, are accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, Monday, deferred the bail pleas of 2G scam accused DMK leader Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar till June 20, while also asking the CBI to file a report on the current status of its investigation in the case.

Postponing the matter till next Monday, the vacation bench of Justices BS Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notice to Central Bureau of Investigating Agency (CBI) asking it to file a written reply.

The vacation bench also sought a reply on what happened to Rs 200 crore allegedly transferred to Kalaignar TV by Cineyug Films.

It also demanded an explanation on the loss incurred to the exchequer in granting licences to telecom companies during A Raja`s tenure.

The CBI has to file a detailed explanation regarding the queries by Friday.

Kanimozhi, the 43-year-old daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi and the party`s Rajya Sabha member, and Kumar had approached the apex court after the Delhi High Court dismissed their bail applications June 8.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had rejected the plea saying "petitioner Kanimozhi belongs to the same political party to which accused and former communications minister A Raja belongs and the said party is sharing power in the central government."

The CBI`s in its first chargesheet, filed on April 2, had named Raja, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura, Raja`s aide RK Chandolia, Shahid Usman Balwa, Swan Telecom director Vinod Goenka, Unitech Wireless`s Sanjay Chandra and three executives of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group - Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara.

The supplementary chargesheet named Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar, Cineyug Films founder Karim Morani, Shahid Balwa’s brother Asif and Rajiv B Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Private Limited.

CBI Special Judge OP Saini had May 20 rejected their bail pleas and ordered their arrest "forthwith".

They are currently in Tihar Jail.

Karunanidhi`s wife Dayalu Ammal, who has been left out of the list of accused, owns the remaining 60 percent shares in the channel.
The CBI`s first chargesheet April 2 named Raja, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura, Raja`s aide RK Chandolia, Shahid Usman Balwa, Swan Telecom director Vonod Goenka, Unitech Wireless`s Sanjay Chandra and three executives of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group - Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara.

The supplementary chargesheet also named Cineyug Films founder Karim Morani and Asif Balwa and Rajiv B Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Private Limited.

IANS

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