CBI again opposes Kanimozhi bail plea (Third Lead)June 17th, 2011 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) The CBI Friday opposed in the Supreme Court the bail plea of jailed DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said it feared that if they got bail, then they could tamper with the evidence and influence witnesses, thereby hurting the investigation now at an advanced stage.
The CBI expressed the apprehension in an affidavit while opposing requests for bail from Kanimozhi, daughter of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi, and Kumar in the apex court.
In a related development Friday evening, a special bench was constituted after Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice A.K. Patnaik recused themselves from hearing the bail plea.
The judges are on the vacation bench starting from Monday, and the bail plea was listed before them.
Now the special bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice B.S. Chauhan has been set up to hear the bail plea Monday.
Justice Singhvi is the presiding judge along with Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly that is monitoring CBI investigation into the spectrum scam that has sent former telecommunication minister A. Raja also to prison.
The CBI has said that its investigation reveal that the Rs.200 crore paid to Kalaingar TV by DB Reality was not a loan but a gratification and could not be termed a legal transaction.
The affidavit said that both Kanimozhi and Kumar were stakeholders in Kalaingar TV, and Rs.200 crore was paid back to DB Reality only after the CBI filed its first FIR in the scam Oct 21, 2010.
The agency said this itself was strong circumstantial evidence supporting its contention that the Rs.200 crore paid to Kalaingar TV was an illegal transaction.
Most points in its affidavit were broadly the same it advanced while opposing the bail plea before the special CBI court and Delhi High Court.
The CBI also mentioned the reasons recorded by the special CBI court and the high court while rejecting the earlier bail requests.
The high court June 8 cited prima facie evidence against the two and their political connections to deny them bail.
However, the CBI was ambiguous in replying to the three questions posed by the apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar while hearing the bail plea June 13.
The questions related to what happened to the Rs.200 crore paid as bribe to Kalaignar TV, the loss suffered by the government in the grant of 13 Unified Access Service (UAS) licences, and the status of 2G trial before the special CBI court.
–Indo-Asian News service
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