Supreme Court rejects Kanimozhi's bail plea
New Delhi, June 20: DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar will continue to remain behind bars as the Supreme Court Monday rejected their bail pleas in the 2G spectrum scam. However, Kanimozhi can move for bail after the trial court hearing the case frames the charges.
An apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice B.S. Chauhan said that "in our view, the reasons assigned by the learned special (trial court) judge and the learned single judge of the (Delhi) High Court for refusing to entertain the petitioners' prayer for bail do not suffer from any legal infirmity".
The court said that Kanimozhi can invoke Section 437 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which provides for a consideration in grant of bail to a woman accused under the age of 60.
The judges said that the "fresh applications" for bail by Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar "shall be decided by the special court without being influenced by the rejection of the earlier applications (for bail)".
Both Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar had moved the apex court challenging the June 8 rejection of their bail pleas by the high court.
The two, named as co-conspirators in the supplementary charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs.200 crore, were arrested May 20 after the trial court dismissed their bail pleas.
The investigating agency said that the bribe was routed through Kalaignar TV, which is essentially owned by Kanimozhi and her step-mother Dayalu Ammal, who holds 60 percent stake in the venture.
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