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Raja & Kanimozhi seek bail in 2G case.

FORMER telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and seven other people, who have been chargesheeted by the Enforcement Directorate ( ED) in a 2G scam- related money laundering case, on Monday moved their bail applications before a special CBI court in the Capital.

The court has fixed the bail plea hearing on May 28.

Meanwhile, DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal -- an accused in the case -- did not appear before the court and moved the bail plea through her counsel, seeking exemption from her personal appearance citing that she was not in a fit mental condition, to which the court obliged.

During the hearing, the court told Ammal's counsel to move a bail plea on May 28 and said it would be decided on merits. The bail pleas filed by all other accused would also be heard on May 28, it said, adding that it would also hear arguments on framing of charges in the case on that day.

Special CBI Judge O. P. Saini directed the ED to supply all the documents related to the case to all accused in the case. Since the documents are voluminous, the accused submitted that at least two days time was required for scrutiny. Apart from Raja and Kanimozhi, Swan Telecom promoters

promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar and P. Amirtham also appeared before the court to move their bail pleas.

The special court had held that there was enough incriminating material on record to proceed against the accused. The ED has also named as accused Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, Kusegaon Realty Pvt Ltd ( formerly known as Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd), Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd ( formerly known as Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd), Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd, Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company Pvt Ltd, Conwood Constructions and Developers ( P) Ltd, DB Realty Ltd and Nihar Constructions Pvt Ltd.

The representatives of the nine firms appeared before the court.

The money laundering case relates to the 2G scam, in which the DMKrun Kalaignar TV was allegedly paid Rs 200 crore by the promoters of Swan Telecom. The ED has claimed that the transaction of Rs 200 crore, which was allegedly paid to DMK- run Kalaignar TV, was not genuine and was a bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies.

DMK MP Kanimozhi


Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal did not appear before the special court Special CBI Judge O. P. Saini directed the ED to supply all documents Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Balwa also appeared before the court DMK- run Kalaignar TV was allegedly paid Rs 200 crore by the promoters of Swan Telecom

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Date:May 27, 2014
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