In a sort of anti-climax, a special court on Saturday prolonged the suspense on the bail application of Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam member of Parliament Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case by deferring the pronouncement of its order till May 20.
"The order is deferred to May 20," Special Central Bureau of Investigation Judge O P Saini said after marking the presence of all the accused including 43-year-old Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi.
Seeing a huge presence of journalists, Saini questioned as to why there were so many journalists and then simply passed the order.
Noted Supreme court advocate Ram Jethmalani, who argued before the special judge on behalf of Kanimozi, said that his client had nothing to do with day-to-day affairs of Kalaignar TV, a channel run by DMK. He also argued that Kanimozi being a woman and a law-abiding citizen should given bail instead of sending her to jail.
CBI lawyer A K Singh told reporters outside the court that the only reason which the judge gave for not pronouncing the order was that it was not ready. The court also adjourned its pronouncement of order till May 20 on the bail plea of Sharad Kumar, managing director and chief executive officer of Kalaignar TV.
Kanimozhi was accompanied by her husband G Aravindan and DMK parliamentary party leader T R Baalu.
Deffering of the decision has provided her much needed relief to Kanimozi and her family particularly her after and DMK chief K Karunanidhi who was voted out of power in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections.
Earlier, the court had on May 7 reserved its order on the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar after hearing extensive arguments advanced by criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani who, citing the charge sheet, blamed former Telecom Minister A Raja for the offence attributed to Kanimozhi.
The special court, designated by the Supreme Court to deal exclusively with the 2G case, has to decide the fate of Kanimozhi who has been accused of taking Rs 200 crore bribe for Kalaignar TV from Shahid Usman Balwa's firm DB Realty.
The CBI has accused her of conspiring with Raja. She has also been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for taking bribe through Kalaignar TV, in which the bribe of the 2G scam was routed.
Speaking to reporters after the court deferred its order on bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy said Kanimozhi is not going to escape from CBI's clutches as more evidence against her is going to come up. "I do not think this matter is in any way showing that she is going to be let off or that the CBI is going easy on her," he added.
Kanimozhi and Kumar hold 20 per cent stake each in Kalaignar TV while Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, who holds the remaining 60 per cent share in the broadcasting channel, has been made a witness.
Kanimozhi appeared before the court on May 6 in compliance with the summons issued after she was named in the second chargesheet. Pressing for Kanimozhi's bail, Jethmalani had sought to blame Raja and Sharad Kumar for the alleged offence saying she neither signed any documents.
CBI opposed her bail plea saying her "complicity" in the alleged bribe given to Kalaignar TV in the 2G scam was clear.
"The transactions of Rs 200 crore are nothing but the transfer of bribe money to Kalaignar TV. Kumar alone cannot be held responsible when a family is having the controlling shares," Special Public Prosecutor U U Lalit had argued.
With inputs from PTI