The usually composed Kanimozhi looked relaxed and interacted happily with her family members when she came to court from Tihar jail on Thursday morning. But minutes later, when special CBI judge OP Saini rejected her bail plea in the 2G spectrum scam case, the 43-year-old DMK MP broke down in tears as she hugged her mother.
Her husband G Aravindan, mother Rajathi Ammal and 11-year-old son tried to console her as they were surrounded by grim DMK leaders and supporters, all dressed in white.
Soon after, Kanimozhi turned angrily to journalists taking down notes in the courtroom and said, "What are you all doing? Please leave us alone. Aren’t you all human beings? We are having a private discussion here."
Soon, court staff asked mediapersons to leave the courtroom. Judge Saini also rejected the bail applications of seven others accused in the 2G scam.
They include Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and former telecom minister A Raja’s secretaries RK Chandolia and Siddharth Behura.
“Charges leveled against each accused are of a very serious nature having grave implications for the economy of the country,” Saini said in a jam-packed Patiala House courtroom.
Kanimozhi’s plea for relief on the grounds of being a woman did not come to her rescue. Saini said, “Kanimozhi is not from the weak and exploited section. She belongs to the upper echelons of society and is also an MP. By no stretch of imagination can she be said to be suffering from any discrimination on the grounds of being a woman.”
The CBI did not oppose the bail plea of the 43-year-old daughter of DMK patriarch M Karunanidh. But this had no effect on the judge who dismissed it as having “no legal consequence”. He said that when allegations and charges levelled against the accused are of a grave nature, grant of bail is a matter of the court’s discretion.
This was the fourth time that Kanimozhi’s bail plea was rejected. It was first rejected by a special CBI court, then by the Delhi high court and the Supreme Court.
Lawyers of all the accused said they would appeal against Thursday's order before the Delhi high court.
(With PTI inputs)