In a major setback to DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, the Supreme Court today dismissed their bail pleas in the 2G spectrum case.
A special bench of Justices GS Singhvi and BS Chauhan asked the two accused to wait till framing of charges before approaching the special CBI court for regular bail.
The apex court said the CBI court can thereafter decide their bail pleas uninfluenced by the earlier bail proceedings.
The apex court decision to reject the bail would mean that Kanimozhi and Kumar will continue to cool their heels in jail till the time the charges are framed.
The court dismissed the bail application after hearing the CBI and counsel for the accused for over one-and-a-half hour.
During the arguments, the CBI opposed Kanimozhi’s plea, saying the original documents regarding the illegal financial transaction of Rs200 crore to DMK family-run Kalaignar TV is yet to be recovered and the accused might tamper with evidence if released on bail.
It was the last hope for DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s 43-year-old daughter Kanimozhi, who has been in jail for almost a month, to get a bail before the charges are framed, as her petition was rejected first by the special CBI court and then by the Delhi high court.
Kanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV.
Earlier two judges — P Sathasivam and AK Patnaik –before whom the matter was listed, had recused themselves from the high-profile case.
Instead, Justice Singhvi, whose bench has been monitoring the case, held a special hearing along with Justice BS Chauhan to decide on the bail.
The apex court had on June 13 agreed to hear their bail plea and asked CBI to explain where the Rs200 crore, allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in the 2G scam, has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time.
Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict that rejected their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses cannot be ruled out.