A special CBI court on Monday sent another accused in the 2G spectrum case, Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd's director Karim Morani, to jail after rejecting his bail plea and taking a dim view of his efforts to dodge what befell his co-accused. Morani had filed seven applications to escape imprisonment -- something that did not go down well with the court. Special CBI judge O P Saini took a stern view of his conduct saying, "He used every possible legal subterfuge to delay the ultimate as he has filed seven applications within a span of less than one month."
The judge had earlier praised DMK MP Kanimozhi's conduct, although he rejected her bail plea.
Dismissing his bail plea, the court endorsed CBI's apprehension that Morani would seek to influence witnesses if he was not arrested. "Considering the magnitude of the crime, nature and enormity of allegations, character of evidence on record and the apprehension that the witnesses may be influenced in case the accused is released on bail, I have no hesitation in holding that accused (Morani) has failed to make out a case for bail," judge Saini said. Following the footsteps of his 10 other co-accused, Morani was escorted away by police officials to Tihar jail after the court ordered his arrest. His wife had come prepared with a bag containing his belongings, which she handed over to him while he was being taken into judicial custody.
The CBI, in its second chargesheet, accused Morani's Cineyug Films and Balwa's Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd of facilitating transfer of Rs 200 crore to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.
Referring to the fact that Morani's counsel had earlier sought deferment of pronouncement of bail order till May 30 evening on the pretext of moving higher courts "though no stay order or any other order has been brought to my notice", the court said it reflected adversely on his conduct.
In its 67-page order, the court detailed how Morani evaded arrest for more than a fortnight (between May 6, 2011-May 23, 2011) on medical grounds even as his records said he was "stable with normal blood pressure".
The court said the allegations against Morani were of a very serious nature and the case involved alleged loss to the state exchequer amounting to about Rs 30,000 crore. "In the end, I may add that allegations against the accused are of very serious nature, which are supported by evidence on record and in cases of such magnitude, the danger of witnesses or evidence being tampered with is always there and cannot be dismissed with this disdain as remote, far fetched or imaginary," the court said. The CBI had alleged that Morani took Rs 6 crore for facilitating the Rs 200 crore transaction.
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