New Delhi: Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, accused in the 2G spectrum case, on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking bail.
Kanimozhi, the 43-year-old daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, and Kumar have challenged the Delhi high court verdict rejecting their bail.
“We have filed a special leave petition on behalf of both Kanimozhi and Kumar challenging the high court order,” senior advocate V G Pargasm said.
The high court had on 8 June dismissed the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Kumar, saying they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses cannot be ruled out.
Kanimozhi and Kumar, named as accused in the second chargesheet for allegedly taking bribe of Rs200 crore, were arrested on 20 May after the special court dismissed their bail pleas in the case.
Both Kanimozhi and Kumar have 20% stake each in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd which allegedly received Rs200 crore through a “circuitous” route from Shahid Balwa promoted D B Realty.
DMK chief’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who has been left out of the list of accused, owns the remaining 60% shares in the channel.
Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the high court on 23 May challenging the trial court’s order which had rejected their bail pleas, saying the offence attributed to them was grave and the possibility of influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out.
CBI Special Judge O P Saini had on 20 May rejected the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Kumar and ordered their “forthwith” arrest. They are currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
Kanimozhi, who sought bail in the special court on the ground of being a woman, had approached the high court seeking relief citing the need to look after her school-going child who is devoid of her care as his father is working abroad.
Justice Bharihoke had on 23 May dismissed bail pleas of five corporate honchos, including Unitech Group MD Sanjay Chandra and Reliance ADAG MD Gautam Doshi in the case, saying there was a possibility that they may influence the witnesses.