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Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar move Supreme Court for bail
New Delhi, Jun 10 (IANS):
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Published on 10 Jun. 2011 11:17 PM IST
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DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, who are in jail in connection with the 2G spectrum scam, Friday moved the Supreme Court for bail after the Delhi High Court rejected their petitions.
The petition will come up for hearing Monday before the vacation bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar.
Both Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar are charged as co-conspirators and beneficiaries in the 2G spectrum scam for allegedly accepting Rs.214 crore as bribe and are lodged in Tihar Jail since May 20.
Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, has challenged the Delhi High Court’s Wednesday verdict that rejected her bail plea on the ground of the possibility of her tampering with witnesses and evidence.
Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar in their petition have contended that the Rs.214 crore given to Kalaignar TV was only a loan and not a bribe as alleged by the prosecution agency. The petitioners have said the transaction was transparent and the payment was made through cheque.
They also said the loan they had taken was paid back. The petition said there was no conspiracy between Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar and former telecom minister Andimuthu Raja, an accused. Kanimozhi has said she had nothing to do with allocation of 2G licences and spectrum. Seeking the setting aside of the high court verdict of Wednesday, the petition said that the high court has not considered the material placed before it in a correct perspective.
While dismissing their plea for bail, the high court said that given their political and money influence, Kanimozhi and Kumar were capable of tampering with evidence and influencing the witnesses. Former communications minister Andimuthu Raja is already in jail in connection with the case.
Ties with Congress smooth: DMK
Chennai, Jun 10 (IANS): Tamil Nadu’s erstwhile ruling DMK, which held a top-level meeting here Friday in the wake of two of its leaders, including party chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter, in jail over the 2G scam, Friday said it had no problems with the Congress at the centre but would take a call on its alliance with the party at a meeting in July.
DMK patriarch and former chief minister M. Karunanidhi, speaking to the media after chairing the party’s top-level committee meeting here, described the DMK’s ties with the Congress as “smooth” and added it had “no problems with the Congress”.
On Kanimozhi being charged as co-conspirator for her alleged involvement in the 2G scam, the party said the Karunanidhi family-run Kalaignar TV had only taken a “loan” and linking it to the 2G scam was “condemnable”.
On the CBI’s case against Kanimozhi and A. Raja, former union communications minister who is also an accused in the case and in jail, the DMK chief said: “The CBI can be a weapon, whether a political weapon is not known.”
“Action in the 2G case is condemnable, as Kalaignar had got a loan and linking it to 2G is condemnable. It was a loan, a business deal, and had nothing to do with 2G licences,” Karunanidhi said.
He also said the party will take action on the 2G case legally. Asked if the party would call off its alliance with the United Progressive Alliance, he said the DMK cadres’ views would be ascertained at a general council meeting in July. He also added that the party was not worried that the Congress “did not help in the 2G case”.
The party meeting passed 10 resolutions, including one on Sri Lankan Tamils. The DMK is to hold statewide meetings June 20-30 to explain the resolutions to party cadres. Both Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV head Sharad Kumar are charged as co-conspirators and beneficiaries in the 2G spectrum scam for allegedly accepting Rs.214 crore as bribe and are lodged in Tihar Jail in New Delhi since May 20.
The DMK’s 18 Lok Sabha members offer crucial support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government in New Delhi. The DMK has seven ministers in the Manmohan Singh government.
The meeting was held at the party headquarters.
This is the second time the party leadership is meeting in just two months.
They met April 27 after DMK MP and Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi was chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as co-conspirator in the 2G spectrum scam.

 
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