November 3rd, 2011
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Kanimozhi’s bail plea today

kanimozhiChennai: The Special CBI court would decide on Kanimozhi’s bail plea today. Along with Kanimozhi the bail plea of seven others who were accused in the 2G scam will be considered.

Special CBI Judge O P Sani had on September 24 reserved the order on the bail pleas of Kanimozhi, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, former Telecom Minister A Raja’s ex-private secretary R K Chandolia, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits & Vegetables Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal and Bollywood producer Karim Morani. Besides them, the court had yesterday reserved its order on the bail plea of former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura.

The courts did not entertain Kanimozhi’s bail plea till charges were framed. That meant that she had to spend the last five months including a Diwali in prison. All hopes of returning to Chennai for Diwali were quashed when the court reserved its order till November 3, despite the CBI not opposing Kanimozhi’s bail plea.

“Kanimozhi is determined, even if she is looking weak, she is very confident,” Karunanidhi said.

The CBI had preferred not to oppose the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and four others during the arguments on the ground that they faced specific charges, apart from the “umbrella section” of 120-B (criminal conspiracy) IPC, which entail five years sentence as maximum punishment. The agency has also slapped charges of criminal breach of trust under section 409 of the IPC which carries life term as maximum punishment, against Kanimozhi and four others.

The agency, however, had opposed the bail pleas of Shahid Balwa, Chandolia and Behura. Regarding Shahid Balwa and Chandolia, special public prosecutor U U Lalit had told the court that they should be denied bail as maximum punishment for the specific charges levelled against them was seven years.

Except the DMK chief, others within Karunanidhi’s family, have not backed Kanimozhi. Her elder brother and union minister MK Azhagiri is seen as being against her and MK Stalin has been indifferent. Despite the ostensible statements of solidarity from the party, it’s clear that Kanimozhi will have to fight the political and legal battle on her own. Her father remains her only source of power and the road ahead remains uncertain.



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