2G scam: Court denies Kanimozhi bail, sends her to prison
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi was arrested and sent to Tihar jail on Friday, as a special CBI court rejected her bail plea in the 2G spectrum scam case. It was the second consecutive ‘Black Friday’ for the party after the drubbing it received in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls on May 13. HT reports. What is 2G scam | Podcast: Political impact of Kanimozhi's arrestindia Updated: May 21, 2011 09:21 IST
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi was arrested and sent to Tihar jail on Friday, as a special CBI court rejected her bail plea in the 2G spectrum scam case.
It was the second consecutive ‘Black Friday’ for the party after the drubbing it received in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls on May 13.
Kanimozhi, 43, joins former telecom minister A Raja and several telecom bigwigs who are in Tihar in connection with the case. The court also denied bail to Sharad Kumar, director of the DMK-owned Kalaignar TV.
Kanimozhi will be produced in court on Saturday along with Kumar and the other accused. She has been charged with corruption and criminal conspiracy and if convicted, could face a seven-year jail term.
Judge OP Saini said he rejected the bail pleas due to “the magnitude of the crime, enormity of allegations, character of evidence on record and apprehension that witnesses may be influenced”.
Rejecting the argument that Kanimozhi and Kumar were not involved in receiving kickbacks, the judge said: "The role of both in the case is clear from the… incriminating material on record… The allegations, on the face of it, are very grave."
DMK supporters — including MPs TR Baalu and TKS Elangovan — were present at the Patiala House court complex when Kanimozhi was taken into custody by two female constables and led to the lock-up after 15 minutes.
In its chargesheet filed on April 25, the CBI accused Kanimozhi of being the mastermind behind the Rs 200-crore kickback received by Kalaignar TV in lieu of the 2G spectrum licence Raja granted to Shahid Balwa-promoted Swan Telecom.
So far, the CBI has chargesheeted 17 people, including three companies, in the case. Of them, only Cineyug Films promoter Karim Morani has not yet been jailed.
The court relied on statements recorded by Kalaignar TV general manager (finance) G Rajendran, who revealed Kanimozhi’s alleged role in receiving the kickbacks. Rajendran said in his statement to the CBI that it was she who authorised Kumar to accept the Rs 200-crore from Cineyug as a corporate loan. The court pointed out that Kalaignar TV director P Amritham also gave a similar statement to the CBI.