Kanimozhi, member of Parliament and daughter of Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, stands the risk of landing in Tihar jail, where former telecom minister A Raja has already been lodged. Summoned by a CBI special court on May 6 in the 2G case, Kanimozhi’s risk became even graver on Wednesday with the Delhi high court adjourning the hearing of the bail pleas of the five telecom executives accused in the case to May 6.
Kanimozhi’s fate clearly hinged on the outcome of the executives’ appeals as grant of bail to them would have become a precedent in her favour, since Kanimozhi is similarly placed. Like Kanimozhi, the five executives were also not arrested during the probe, but the trial court judge agreed with the CBI that they were likely to tamper with evidence and influence witnesses. The CBI is likely to oppose Kanimozhi’s bail plea too.
Unitech managing director Sanjay Chandra, DB Realty managing director Vinod Goenka and senior ADAG officials Gautam Doshi, S Pipara and Hari Nair are in Tihar jail since April 20. If Kanimozhi is arrested, a similar fate awaits Kalaignar TV director Sharad Kumar and Cineyug films promoter Karim Morani, named as accused in the second chargesheet and summoned by the court along with Kanimozhi. Morani has already filed a bail application.
Two other accused named in the second chargesheet are Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, owners of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables from where Rs 200 crore had been diverted to Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd and subsequently to Kalaignar TV. The money was allegedly paid in exchange for a 2G licence to Shahid Balwa-promoted Swan Telecom. The CBI charged Kanimozhi with playing a key role in the DMK-run TV channel receiving Rs 200 crore.