SC to hear Kani bail plea today
A special Supreme Court bench will on Monday hear the bail application of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum scam case. HT reports.delhi Updated: Jun 20, 2011 00:15 IST
A special Supreme Court bench will on Monday hear the bail application of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum scam case.
Kanimozhi had moved the apex court after the special CBI court and the Delhi high court had rejected her bail plea.
Kanimozhi is likely to face some tough time in convincing the court to grant her bail as the case will be heard by a bench headed by Justice GS Singvi, who has been monitoring the case since the beginning.
The judge had also asked questions to the government on the role of several influential people in the multi-crore spectrum scam.
Kanimozhi has been in the jail for almost a month after her plea was rejected by the special CBI court and the Delhi HC.
Kanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of R200 crore to Kalaignar TV, which was alleged to be a bribe given by a telecom operator, which had benefited in the scam.
The CBI in its affidavit filed in the apex court opposed their bail pleas on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses in their favour.
Opposing the bail plea, the probe agency contended in its affidavit to the apex court that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and Rs 200 crore transferred to Kalaignar TV was part of the ‘bribe’ amount and not a loan as claimed by the accused.
The SC had on June 13 agreed to hear their bail plea and asked the CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore — allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in 2G scam — has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time.