The delay was caused as
the certified copy of the high court's order, which was required to be
submitted along with the bail bonds before special CBI Judge O P Saini,
could not be furnished within the working hours of the trial court.
The special judge waited in his chamber till 5.15pm on the request of
lawyers appearing for the accused but the order was not placed before
him in time.
Kanimozhi's counsel R Shunmugasundaram said they
would furnish the bail bonds before the trial court on Tuesday morning
to get the release order.
"We will submit the bail bond tomorrow morning," he said.
Earlier, in a huge relief to DMK MP Kanimozhi and four others who have been in Tihar jail
for over six months for their alleged role in the 2G case, the Delhi
high court on Monday granted them bail treating them on par with five
others released by the Supreme Court
"I grant bail to five persons. The conditions would be same as imposed by the Supreme Court," Justice V K Shali said.
Besides Kanimozhi, others who were granted bail are Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar
, Bollywood filmmaker Karim Morani
and Kusegaon Fruits and vegetables Pvt Ltd directors Rajiv Aggarwal
and Asif Balwa
The court, however, reserved its order on the bail plea of sixth accused and former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura
, saying it will pronounce its judgement later as his plea has been opposed by the CBI.
"You (Behura) file your written submissions to the contentions of the
CBI," Justice Shali told Behura's counsel, senior advocate Aman Lekhi.
Earlier, during the day, additonal solicitor general Mohan Parasaran
said the probe agency was not opposed to grant of bail to the five
persons except Behura and they can be released on the ground of parity
as the Supreme Court has already given the same benefit to five other
co-accused in the case.
The ASG, however, opposed Behura's
bail plea saying the bail pleas of public servants require stricter
scrutiny as they are the trustees of public property.
Kanimozhi and five others had moved the high court on November 23 for
advancing the hearing of their bail pleas, shortly after the Supreme
Court had granted bail to five corporate executives -- Unitech Limited
MD Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom
director Vinod Goenka and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
executives Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara.
Their bail pleas were earlier scheduled for hearing on December 1.
Kanimozhi and five others had come to the apex court challenging the
trial court's November 3 order denying them the bail.
Supreme Court had granted bail to the five corporate honchos on the
condition that they would surrender their passports and will not go
abroad without the court's permission.
It had further said that the accused will have to appear before the Special CBI court
on each hearing and have to take prior permission for not attending the proceedings.
Former telecom minister A Raja, who is the main accused in the scam, has so far not approached any court for bail.
Other accused in the case include Raja's former private secretary R K Chandolia and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa.
Three telecom firms Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom and Unitech
(Tamil Nadu) Wireless Ltd too have been listed as accused in the CBI
chargesheet in the case.
The CBI had chargesheeted 14 persons
in the scam, with Raja being the first to be arrested on February 2,
along with Chandolia and Behura.
Karunanidhi elated over Kanimozhi getting bail
CHENNAI: An elated DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Monday expressed
happiness over his daughter Kanimozhi getting bail in the 2G case and
said the party would organise a big welcome for her, when she arrives
"I am happy that Kanimozhi has been granted bail. She
spoke to me soon after the court gave her bail and both of us shared the
happiness," Karunanidhi, who met his daughter thrice in Tihar Jail,
where she was lodged after her arrest on May 20, told reporters here.
"I am not an autocrat. Party will decide on giving new position to
Kanimozhi," he said when asked whether she would be given a new position
in the party.
To a question on former telecom minister A Raja seeking bail, he said if Raja spoke to him, "I will discuss about his bail."