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Supreme Court to hear Kanimozhi’s bail plea tomorrow

New Delhi: Kanimozhi, the 43-year-old daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, and Mr. Kumar have challenged the Delhi High Court verdict rejecting their bail pleas.

A vacation bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar will take up the matter which is listed as Item No. 16.

The High Court had on June 8 dismissed their pleas after observing that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses cannot be ruled out.

Ms. Kanimozhi and Mr. Kumar, named as accused in the second charge sheet for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 200 crore, were arrested on May 20 after the special court dismissed their bail pleas in the case.

Both Ms. Kanimozhi and Mr. Kumar have 20 per cent stake each in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd, which allegedly received Rs 200 crore through a “circuitous” route from Shahid Balwa promoted D B Realty.

Mr. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who has been left out of the list of accused, owns the remaining 60 per cent shares in the channel.

Ms. Kanimozhi and Mr. Kumar had moved the high court on May 23 challenging the trial court’s order which had rejected their bail pleas, saying the offence attributed to them was grave and the possibility of influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out.

CBI Special Judge O P Saini had on May 20 rejected the bail pleas of the DMK MP and Mr. Kumar and ordered their “forthwith” arrest. They are currently lodged in Tihar Jail

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