New Delhi, Nov 3 ( ): Kanimozhi, former Telecom Minister A Raja’s erstwhile Private Secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Kusegaon Fruits & Vegetables directors Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal and Bollywood filmmaker Karim Morani’s bail pleas were rejected by CBI special Court.
The change of stunts by CBI in Kanimozhi’s case is very shocking. The court hasn’t taken cognizance of CBI plea; it is a slap on the face of the CBI. Even when they have not opposed Kanimozhi bail application, the court has not granted her bail,” BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj said. ‘ The facts of the case as well as the charges leveled against the accused are of very serious nature having grave implications for the economy of the country,’ the court said. ‘I am satisfied that no case for bail is made out for any of the applicants/accused,’ it said.
The court said, ‘Accused Kanimozhi Karunanithi belongs to upper echelons of society and is also a Member of Parliament. By no stretch of imagination, she can be said to be suffering from any discrimination on the ground of being a woman. ”It is repeatedly submitted that these reasons make out good ground for bail to the accused. I have bestowed my careful and anxious consideration to these submissions. In the facts and circumstances of a particular case, these factors may be relevant consideration but in some cases it may not be so,’ Judge Saini said.
The court said after framing of charges under ‘a more serious’ section of 409 IPC (criminal breach of trust) which carries life imprisonment as maximum punishment, ‘there is no favorable change in the case of the accused.’