New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Tuesday refused to hear the bail plea of Cineyug Films director Karim Morani, chargesheeted by the CBI in the 2G spectrum case, and asked him to approach the trial court first.
“The propriety demands that before approaching the high court, the petitioner (Morani) should approach the CBI court for bail as I do not have the advantage over the chargesheet, which is available with the special court,” justice Ajit Bhariohoke said while dismissing Morani’s plea.
Following the order, Morani’s counsel Mukul Rohatgi withdrew the bail plea.
Morani had moved the Delhi high court on Monday for bail, apprehending that he too would be arrested like some of the otheraccused once he appeared before the special CBI court set up to try the 2G case.
Morani along with DMK MP Kanimozhi, Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa’s cousin Asif Balwa and Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd director Rajeev Agarwal were chargesheeted by the CBI on 25 April.
He is accused of facilitating the transfer of Rs 200 crore from Shahid Balwa-promoted DB Realty to Kalaignar TV in which Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar have a stake of 20 per cent each. Dayaluammal, wife of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, has a 60 per cent share in the channel.
Special CBI judge O. P. Saini has issued summons to Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar and Morani directing them to appear before him on 6 May.
In his petition, Morani had sought a direction to the special court that he should be released immediately on his arrest when he complies with the summons.