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Kanimozhi arrives in Chennai

Chennai, Dec 3 (): With talks of Stalin being arrested, Kanimozhi, the DMK MP and accused in 2G scam arrived in Chennai airport at 1.30pm today. She was welcomed by her father and ex-CM M Karunanidhi.”It is a very happy feeling for me to be going to Chennai. But more than the bail, it is important for me and the others to prove our innocence,” she told TV news channels at the Delhi airport before boarding the flight.

As per a party statement, Kanimozhi will be in Chennai from Dec 3-6 and Dec 10-11. She will also spend the year-end in the city. She was arrested on May 20 on charges of routing kickbacks from the 2008 telecom scandal. The Delhi High Court on Monday had granted bail and asked Kanimozhi to furnish two bond sureties of Rs 1 lakh each and was told not to travel abroad.

Kanimozhi’s bail pleas were repeatedly rejected on grounds of the seriousness of the charges against her as well the delay in charge sheet. The charges were later widened to include criminal conspiracy, if convicted can get her life. But as the corporate honchos got bail, her lawyer cited her bail denial as violation of fundamental rights in view of the Supreme Court decision of Wednesday granting bails to the corporates.

Kanimozhi is accused of being the mastermind as the top official of the DMK run Kalaignar TV in receiving Rs 200 crore from the DB Group of Shahid Balwa in lieu of 2G licence distributed by DMK minister A Raja. The scam that could have cost the treasury up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore in lost revenue, according to the government’s auditors CAG is said to be biggest corruption that India has ever seen.

Though she was given bail on Monday, she could walk out finally out of Tihar jail around 7.30pm on Tuesday after completing formalities of her jail bond in a CBI court.TR Baalu was all along her side in helping her to complete the formalities.