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Karuna hints at political delay in Kani's bail

The DMK's ties with the Congress could be on the boil again over what it perceives to be a "political delay" in its chief M Karunanidhi's daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi getting bail in the 2G scam.

delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2011 01:27 IST
Shekhar Iyer

The DMK's ties with the Congress could be on the boil again over what it perceives to be a "political delay" in its chief M Karunanidhi's daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi getting bail in the 2G scam.

Karunanidhi has sent a missive to a top UPA leader through a special messenger, pointing out that she has been in jail for more than 120 days and her plea was getting delayed for "one reason or another."

Karunanidhi has got very upset, said DMK sources, after his daughter's bail proceedings, which were due to come up last week got delayed once again.

The special CBI court of OP Saini decided to hear the plea only on October 1 as it wanted to study a report on Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) over "no loss" to the exchequer in the sale of air waves to private companies. Significantly, former telecom minister A Raja and other accused in the case, pressed the court for considering the said TRAI report.

A livid DMK chief is said to have pointed out in his letter to the top UPA leader that the court itself had stated the bail applications of 43-year-old Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar, named as co-conspirators in the scam, would be disposed of last week.

But, as he said in a statement later, "some people who are accused chose to call for the recent report TRAI, the court chose to adjourn the proceedings for a further period of 15 days, stating that it's also waiting for the TRAI report."

Karunanidhi's view was that "if we keenly look into these happenings and the reasons stated thereof, it creates a doubt that whether there is any political motive."

Lodged in Tihar for over 120 days, Kanimozhi approached the court for bail a day after the court failed to adhere to its self-imposed deadline of September 15 to frame charges in the case.