New Delhi: A day after bail was granted to five corporate executives, the Delhi High court is likely to hear the bail plea of DMK MP and 2G scam accused Kanimozhi on Thursday. Kanimozhi has sought an early listing of the matter.
Kanimozhi’s application cites Wednesday’s ruling of the Supreme Court, that granted bail to 5 corporate executives, also accused in the 2g Spectrum scam.
Kanimozhi has argued that keeping her in jail any longer is a violation of her fundamental rights.
Kanimozhi and former telecom minister A Raja, who celebrated Diwali behind bars this year, has not been granted bail so far. Kanimozhi, in particular, has been seen in tears on many occasions after the court denied her bail.
Last time, the court rejected her bail plea, saying that the “crime committed was a deliberate offence, an economic offence and very serious in nature.”
Wednesday’s decision was the first time that any of the accused in the 2G scam was granted bail and this can be a precedent by the lower court, say experts.
Sanjay Hedge, a Supreme Court lawyer, said that the bail order would definitely impact the cases of other accused.
“You will recollect that there were some accused against which the prosecution did not even oppose the bail. And they continue to remain in jail. In such cases, it is pretty certain that the courts would consider the facts that other accused have got bail,” he said.
However, he said that some of the accused “who are central to the controversy may not get the benefit”. But largely the corporate people who are on the periphery of the scam, would benefit from the order, he said.
DMK leader TR Baalu said, “Let us wait for the first petition already being moved, may be HC hearing it on Thursday. We have got very good hope now. We all are hopeful.”
Kanimozhi has been lodged in Tihar Jail since May 20 and the trial court had recently denied bail to her, despite the CBI not opposing her bail plea.
Kanimozhi’s last statement before she was sent to judicial custody in the 2G scam on the May 20, 2011 was “I am not a soft target”
Since then her focus has been getting bail but the courts did not entertain her bail plea till charges were framed. That meant that she had to spend the last five months including a Diwali in prison.