Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, charge-sheeted for alleged criminal conspiracy and accepting illegal gratification in the 2G spectrum scam case, is slated to appear before the 2G special court here on Friday.
The court has also summoned Kalaignar TV managing director and 20 per cent equity holder Sharad Kumar, Cineyug Films Pvt. Ltd. director and Bollywood film producer Karim Morani, besides issuing production warrants for Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetable co-owners Rajiv Aggarwal and Asif Balwa for their roles in the alleged conspiracy involving transfer of Rs. 200 crore from DB Realty to Kalaignar TV between December 2008 and August 2009.
Taking cognisance of the supplementary charge sheet filed on April 25, Special Judge (CBI) O.P. Saini said he was “satisfied that there was enough incriminating material on record to proceed against the accused.”
Meanwhile, it is learnt from CBI sources that the agency will oppose the bail pleas of Ms. Kanimozhi and the other accused, if moved. Till date it has consistently opposed all bail applications moved by the accused.
On April 13, when five other accused — Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra, DB Realty MD Vinod Goenka and senior Reliance ADA Group officials Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair appeared in court — the CBI stoutly opposed their bail pleas, focussing on the “clear possibility” of witnesses being won over or threatened, besides the “severity of the case and its magnitude.”
However, the five got reprieve for seven days till April 20, as status quo on their personal liberty was maintained, until the Special Court dismissed their bail applications and sent them to judicial custody in the Tihar Central Jail.
On April 2, the CBI submitted the first charge sheet in which nine persons, including the former Union Telecom Minister, A. Raja, and three companies were named accused. Among the accused indicted in the second charge sheet and summoned to appear in court on Friday, only Mr. Morani moved an anticipatory bail application on Wednesday. It has been listed for Friday.