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2G scam: Notice to CBI on bail pleas of Kanimozhi, four others

New Delhi , Wed, 09 Nov 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Nov 9 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) response on the bail pleas of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament Kanimozhi and four others arrested for their alleged roles in the 2G spectrum allocation case.


Issuing notice to the CBI, Justice V K Shali sought the probe agency's reply on the bail pleas of the five accused by December 1.


Besides Kanimozhi, the four others who have moved the High Court against a special court order denying them bail on November 3, are DMK-run Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd directors Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal and Bollywood producer Karim Morani.


All the accused have been charged under Section 409 of the Indian Penal Code, which hands a minimum punishment of seven years and a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.


They also stand accused under Sections 120B (Criminal Conspiracy), 42 (Cheating), 468 (Forgery for Purpose of Cheating) and 471 (Using as Genuine a Forged Document) of the Indian penal Code. Under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the accused have been charged under Sections 7, 11, 12 and 13.


The telecom scam, one of India's biggest graft cases ever, may have cost 39.57 billion dollars in revenue to the public exchequer as per the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). (ANI)


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