No consideration of womanhood, given the magnitude of crime: Saini


Special Judge O.P. Saini, who rejected the bail petitions of Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar on Friday, made a detailed mention of the submissions by her counsel Ram Jethmalani, Mr. Kumar's lawyer Altaf Ahmed and CBI counsel U.U. Lalit, besides the material on record, to arrive at his observations.

On Ms. Jethmalani's plea for consideration of Ms. Kanimozhi's womanhood to enlarge her on bail under Section 437 of the Criminal Procedure Code, he said: “Considering the magnitude of the crime and the allegations against her, I am unable to show any consideration to her on this ground, though I wish I could show her some consideration, considering her extremely dignified conduct in the court.”

The order also delved into the charges against Ms. Kanimozhi and Mr. Kumar, including that relating to the Rs.200 crore transferred from Dynamix Realty to Kalaignar TV.

The judge referred to the revelations of prosecution witness Aseervatham Achary on Ms. Kanimozhi's role in Kalaignar TV and her relations with Mr. Raja; and the statements of two other witnesses from Kalaignar TV — general manager G. Rajendran and director P. Amirtham — on the share subscription and shareholder agreement, executed on December 19, 2008, between Cineyug Films and Kalaignar TV.

Ms. Kanimozhi, Mr. Kumar, Cineyug Films promoter Karim Morani and Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables co-owners Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal were charge-sheeted by the CBI on April 25.

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