Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa lashed out at Kanimozhi, named as co-conspirator in the 2G scam, on Tuesday, saying in a case of criminal conspiracy one should not expect leniency because one is a woman.
This is the first time Jayalalithaa commented on the issue since Kanimozhi, the daughter of bete noire DMK chief Karunanidhi, was remanded in judicial custody.
Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani had argued in the special CBI court that his client be granted bail because his client is a woman and was not involved in the day-to-day functioning of Kalaignar TV, which allegedly received R200 crore as a kickback for allotting spectrum licence for a real estate company.
Addressing a media conference in which she dealt with a wide range of issues, Jayalalithaa said the law is finally taking its course in the case and appreciated the functioning of the courts and the CBI.
“The recent developments in the 2G spectrum scam case have restored the faith of the people,” she said.
Kanimozhi should not be given bail just because she is a woman, she said. “In politics, no concession is given because you are woman, the same applies for criminal activities,” Jayalalithaa said.
Rejecting the bail plea, the special CBI judge in Delhi said bail could not be granted as the charges involved were grave and that the accused could tamper with evidence.
Another lawyer has represented Kanimozhi’s bail plea in the Delhi high court, which has adjourned the case till May 30.
The functioning of the
CBI and the strict monitoring of the case by the Supreme Court, Jayalalithaa said, had restored the faith of the people in the criminal investigation process.