HC rejects bail plea of Kanimozhi, Sharad

New Delhi, June 8 (PTI): The Delhi High Court today dismissed the bail plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar, accused in the 2G spectrum case, saying there are prima facie evidences against them.  “There are certain prima facie evidences against the accused. Considering the complicity of the accused in the offence, the bail applications are dismissed,” Mr Justice Ajit Bharihoke said. Ms Kanimozhi’s mother Ms Rajathi Ammal and DMK parliamentary party leader Mr T.R. Baalu were present in the courtroom when the order was pronounced.
Ms Kanimozhi, the 43-year-old daughter of DMK supremo Mr M. Karunanidhi, and Mr Sharad Kumar were named by the CBI for allegedly receiving a kickback to the tune of Rs 200 crore. Both Ms Kanimozhi and Mr Sharad Kumar have 20 per cent stake each in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd which allegedly received Rs 200 crore through a “circuitous” route from Shahid Balwa promoted D B Realty. DMK chief’s wife Ms Dayalu Ammal, who has been left out of the list of accused, owns the remaining 60 per cent shares in the channel. Ms Kanimozhi and Mr Sharad Kumar had moved the High Court on May 23 challenging the trial court’s order which had rejected their bail pleas, saying the offence attributed to them was grave and the possibility of influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out.
The CBI Special Judge, O.P. Saini, had on May 20 rejected their bail pleas and ordered their “forthwith” arrest. They are currently lodged in Tihar Jail. Ms Kanimozhi, who sought bail in the special court on  the ground of being a woman, had approached the High Court seeking relief citing the need to look after her school-going child who is devoid of her care as his father is working abroad.