November 28th, 2011
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Kanimozhi granted bail

Kanimozhi granted bail New Delhi: DMK MP Kanimozhi who has been lodged in Tihar Jail since May 20 was granted bail by the Delhi High court today in the 2G spectrum case. Kusegaon directors Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal, Cineyug founder Karim Morani and Kalaignar TV’s MD Sharath Kumar were granted bail along with Kanimozhi.

However, former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura was denied bail. The Delhi High Court has directed the accused to furnish two bonds of Rs 5 lakh each and ordering them that they cannot leave the country. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not opposed the bail applications conceded bail of Kanimozhi and Morani in the trial court. However, it opposed Behura’s plea saying being a public servant he misused his position.

The accused had approached the High Court after the Supreme Court granted bail to five corporate executives on November 23. Ms Kanimozhi and others had moved the High Court seeking early hearing of their bail pleas. The court had accepted their applications and advanced the hearing, taking it up on Friday instead of December 1, as was originally scheduled.

The High Court had adjourned proceedings till today since the arguments by the lawyers for the accused could not conclude on Friday. Justice VK Shali heard the day-long arguments on the bail applications of Kanimozhi, and others.

Ms Kanimozhi, who is the daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, has been lodged in Tihar Jail since May 20. She has been accused of helping former Telecom Minister A Raja accept a Rs. 214-crore bribe from a company which was allegedly shown undue favour by him. Ms Kanimozhi faces charges ranging from criminal conspiracy to cause criminal breach of trust, forgery to accepting bribe and abetting bribery. Though it’s an indirect charge, the one under section 409 of IPC carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; the substantive charges against her under the Prevention of Corruption Act carry a maximum sentence of five years.

Ms Kanimozhi has now received bail on her fifth attempt to get bail. Earlier, she had been denied bail twice by the trial court, once by the High Court and once by the Supreme Court.


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