Supreme Court adjourns Kanimozhi’s bail plea to Monday

The Supreme Court of India has adjourned to Monday Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi in the 2G scam case.

The decision means that DMK Supremo Karnunidhi’s daughter will remain in the Tihar jail for at least another week, unless the Court adjourns it again. She is accused in a Rs 50,000 crore telecom scam case.

The decision was adjourned by the vacation bench.

The decision came after it was noted by the Supreme Court asked the CBI to submit exact details “in black and white” on the extent of loss caused by the 2G scam and on what happened to the Rs 200 crore that Kanimozhi is alleged to have taken as a kick back.

The Supreme Court wanted the replies in writing and was not satisfied with oral submissions by the CBI counsel. The stand-in counsel for the CBI was not able to answer all the questions posed by the Supreme Court, prompting the bench to ask for a clear, written filing by Friday.

In addition, the Court also asked the CBI counsel about the status of the whole case in the trial court in Patiala house, R Krishnamurthy, one of the CBI’s legal resources in the case, said.

The Court also noted that “corruption is the worst form of violation of human rights.”

The Court was also not pleased that Kanimozhi’s lawyers had not supplied a copy of the bail petition to the CBI counsels — a requirement in all legal proceedings. This also contributed to the Court postponing the hearing to the 20th of this month.

The move is a slight disappointment to Kanimozhi.

Kanimozhi’s main argument in the case has been that she is a woman and the primary care-giver to a 10-year-old child.

On Legal grounds, she has argued that since she holds only 20% of the equity of Kalaignar TV — started after the fight between the Marans (of Sun TV) and Karunanidhi) — she cannot be held responsible for its actions. Under the law, minority shareholders are not assumed to be in the knowledge about everything that their company does, she argued.

Last week, the Delhi High Court denied a similar application, a few days after a special CBI court rejected her bail for the first time.

The Courts have dismissed her appeals pointing out that the allegations are too serious and keeping in mind the possibility that she may influence witnesses, if let out.

She is one of the alleged conspirators in a scam involving the rigging of India’s grant of telecom licenses — a scandal expected to have caused a loss of Rs 50,000 crore to the Indian people. Many officials of the companies that got licenses in the allegedly rigged allocation are also in the Tihar jail, as trial goes on in the Patiala House courts.


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