2G scam: Kanimozhi to spend Diwali in jail!

NEW DELHI: It would be Diwali behind bars for DMK MP Kanimozhi and six others accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case with a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Monday reserving the order on their bail pleas till Nov 3.

The CBI told the Judge O.P. Saini that it had no objection to bail being given to directors of Kusegaon Asif Balwa and Rajeev B. Agarwal, Cineyug Film’s Karim Morani and Kalaignar TV’s Sharad Kumar.

However, the investigating agency opposed bail for Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa and R.K. Chandolia, who was the secretary of former telecom minister A. Raja, who has also been jailed in the case. The court reserved its orders on the pleas of all seven.

DMK chief and Kanimozhi’s father M. Karunanidhi Last week met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. The DMK was hopeful that she would be out on bail.

"We are hopeful that Kanimozhi will be out on bail today (Monday). Kanimozhi should have got bail earlier… there is lot of politics behind the scene," DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan told IANS.

"She has been in jail for over five months which is a punishment. She is only an accused in the case and denying bail to accused is wrong… all the accused have the right to get bail," he added.

The 88-year-old former Tamil Nadu chief minister and his wife Rajathi AND grandson Adithya have been in Delhi since Friday. The court had last week charged the seven with criminal conspiracy among other charges.

The case, entrusted to the premier probe agency and involving award of scarce airwaves to new telecom players in a booming industry in 2007-08, went on to be known commonly as the 2G (second-generation spectrum allocation) case. Fourteen people, including former telecommunications minister Raja, are accused in the case.

2G scam case: Reliance Telecom moves HC against charges

NEW DELHI: Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL) today moved the Delhi High Court for quashing of charges framed against it by a CBI court in 2G spectrum case, saying there is no material to prosecute it.

Challenging the trial court’s order charging it with criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG)-led company pleaded that it did not indulge in any wrongdoing and charges framed against it were "wrong".

"No incriminating material has been indicated in the charge sheet or by the prosecution in its submission on the charges," the petition filed by RTL said.

"The charges framed against the petitioner (RTL) had no basis in law. In fact, there is no act or omission attributable to the petitioner that has been indicated in the charges that justify the continuation of criminal proceedings against the petitioner," it said.

"The charges framed as against the accused indicates that there are charges for multiple conspiracies and it is unclear as to how and when the multiple conspiracies took place and also as to how they form a cohesive single conspiracy," it contended.

The trial court in its order had earlier dismissed the contention of RTL that Swan Telecom was not its "associate", saying it was, directly or indirectly, holding 100 per cent shares in STPL. "Its (STPL) source of fund was RCL/RTL (Reliance Communication Ltd/ Reliance Telecom Ltd). Directly or indirectly it was holding 100 per cent shares of STPL as on the date of application.(IANS)


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