Friday, May 20, 2011

2G case: Setback for DMK as Kanimozhi denied bail, taken into custody

New Delhi: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday denied bail to DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar, named as co-conspirators in the 2G spectrum scam. Both have been taken into custody after the court pronounces the decision at 2: 30 pm today.

Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar were on Friday headed to jail after a special Central Bureau of Investigation court rejected their bail pleas.

CBI had named Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, and Sharad Kumar as co-conspirators in its April 25 supplementary chargesheet after it traced an illegal money trail of Rs.214 crore in the scam.
Kanimozhi, clad in an orange salwar-kurta, looked calm as she entered the Patiala House Court complex accompanied by her husband Aravindan.

When the judge said the order would take some time, Kanimozhi and Kumar looked relieved.

The 2G spectrum scam relates to irregularities in the allocation of airwaves to telecom companies that caused huge losses to the exchequer. 

DMK MP A. Raja is already in jail in connection with the case.

Present in the court room Friday were former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, Raja's aide R.K. Chandolia, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom and Sanjay Chandra of Unitech.
Two officials of ADAG, Gautam Doshi and Hari Nair, who were also named in the chargesheet, were present in the court room. 

Cineyug Film's Karim Morani was not present as he got exemption from personal appearance due to his ill health, while Surendra Pipara of Reliance, who is in judicial custody, was not produced in the court room as he is undergoing treatment for a heart problem at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). 

Kalaignar TV channel had earlier stated that the Rs.214 crore it got was a loan and paid back with interest

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