2G scam: Jail for Kanimozhi as court rejects bail plea

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    NEW DELHI: DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar, named as co-conspirators in the 2G spectrum scam, were on Friday taken into custody after a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court rejected their bail pleas.

    CBI special judge O.P. Saini said: "Both the bail applications (of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar) are dismissed. As per the court orders, they are to be taken into custody."

    Kanimozhi, who was accompanied in court by her husband Aravindan and was clad in an orange salwar-kurta, tried to regain her composure after the judgment was pronounced and later told her supporters that "she was expecting the decision".

    Her security guard burst into tears as the judge announced his decision.

    The CBI had named Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, and Sharad Kumar as co-conspirators in its April 25 supplementary chargesheet after it traced an illegal money trail of Rs.214 crore in the scam.

    As the judge pronounced the verdict, co-accused -- and former communications minister -- A. Raja looked shocked. The DMK MP is already in jail in connection with the case, related to irregularities in the allocation of airwaves to telecom companies that caused huge losses to the exchequer.

    Kanimozhi and Kumar had appeared in court in the morning and were told that the decision on their bail pleas would be made after 1 pm. The hearing was then adjourned till 2.30 pm.

    Also present in the courtroom on Friday were former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, Raja's aide R.K. Chandolia, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom and Sanjay Chandra of Unitech.

    Two officials of ADAG, Gautam Doshi and Hari Nair, who were also named in the charge sheet, were present in the courtroom.

    Cineyug Film's Karim Morani was not present as he got exemption from personal appearance due to his ill health, while Surendra Pipara of Reliance, who is in judicial custody, was also not present in the court as he is undergoing treatment for a heart problem at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

    Kalaignar TV channel had earlier stated that the Rs.214 crore it got was a loan and paid back with interest.
     
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    NEW DELHI: Dressed in an orange salwar suit, Kanimozhi stepped into Tihar Jail around 4.30pm on Friday after a Delhi court ordered her arrest "forthwith". Hours ago, outside the court she had told reporters: "I was expecting it."

    Kanimozhi, former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi's daughter, was driven into the prison complex in a police van with other woman inmates returning from court.

    For the next few nights, she will sleep on a concrete platform in a 10x15 foot cell of Tihar's female ward 8 jail number 6. She will be allowed a layer of blankets to use as cushion. First-time offenders are detained in this ward. For company, Kanimozhi will have a small TV set and some newspapers. Her neighbours: Alleged spy Madhuri Gupta and infamous pimp Sonu Punjaban.

    A woman constable escorted the DMK MP to prison. But her sullenness disappeared the moment she got off the prison van as personnel from the Tamil Nadu Special Police surrounded her. "They chatted in Tamil for about 15 minutes and she smiled with them and asked them about their job," a jail source said.

    Some DMK MPs, including T R Baalu, and her husband G Aravinthan came to meet her in the jail later. The DMK leader's cell has a small toilet, a fan, a TV set and light. Similar facilities have been given to other 2G accused including former telecom minister A Raja. Like the former telecom minister, she will be given south Indian food. Her clothes and bedding came from home. Asked to take off her jewellery, Kanimozhi was a picture of resignation as she complied. "As per jail rules, she was immediately made to undergo a medical examination after which she was taken to her cell. She was shown her cell after which she showered.

    Kanimozhi used a toilet that only had a curtain. "The bathrooms are inside the cell and there is no wall. We string up curtains when the inmate has to go to the bathroom. This is regular," he said. Her dinner was chapatti, rice, subzi and dal. She ate inside her cell and the food was the same as given to other inmates. Kanimozhi, the prison official said, expressed concern over mosquitoes and asked if she would be provided a mosquito repellant. Kanimozhi also struck up a conversation with other woman prisoners, especially those from Tamil Nadu. But officials made it clear she won't be allowed to interact with any of the 2G accused lodged in jails 1, 3 and 4.

    Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar was sent to jail number 4 where former Commonwealth Games chief organizer Suresh Kalmadi is also lodged. He was lodged in ward number 15 and also given bedsheets, a mattress, a TV, books and attached bathroom. "Medical tests were also conducted on him and he ate dinner but did not take a shower.
     
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