Kanimozhi arrested, sent to Tihar jail

NEW DELHI: Kanimozhi, DMK MP and Karunanidhi’s daughter, was on Friday arrested and sent to Tihar jail by a Delhi court which dismissed her bail plea in the 2G spectrum scam, saying there was a possibility of witnesses being influenced considering the "magnitude" of the crime.

The 43-year-old daughter of Karunanidhi’s second wife Rajathi, was shocked on hearing the order pronounced by Special CBI judge OP Saini but maintained her calm in the court.

However, tears welled up in her eyes when she was taken to the court lock-up by police personnel.

Clad in an orange salwar suit, she was later driven in a Delhi police van to Tihar prison where she will be lodged in jail no 6. Former telecom minister A Raja is already lodged in Tihar.

The judge also rejected the bail plea of Sharad Kumar, MD and CEO of Kalaignar TV Private Ltd, who along with Kanimozhi, faces the charge of conspiracy and bribery in accepting Rs 200 crore from DB Realty for for the channel in the spectrum scam.

"Considering the magnitude of the crime, nature and enormity of the allegations, character of evidence on record and the apprehension that the witnesses may be influenced in case the accused are released on bail, I have no hesitation in holding that both applicants/accused have failed to make out a prima facie case for bail.

"Bail applications are without merit and the same are dismissed," the court said in its 144-page order brushing aside her lawyer Ram Jethamalani’s arguments that urged for chivalry for her being a woman.(PTI)

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