2G Case: Court cancels NBW against Kanimozhi for non-appearance after her counsel`s apology

A Raja and DMK's Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi

New Delhi, Nov 10: A Delhi court on Monday issued non-bailable warrant against DMK’s Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi for non-appearance but cancelled it in less than an hour after her counsel appeared before it and apologised.

According to reports, Special CBI Judge O P Saini had issued the NBW against Kanimozhi for December 19, noting that neither she nor her counsel had appeared before the court.

The judge reportedly said: “It is 11.30 AM, neither any advocate for Kanimozhi is present nor any application for her exemption from personal appearance has been filed.”

The matter was reportedly fixed for commencement of final arguments in the case and Kanimozhi, facing trial in 2G spectrum case, failed to appear before it.

The court later cancelled the NBW while allowing the application of Kanimozhi’s counsel, who appeared before it at 12.25 PM, saying “NBW is hereby cancelled. He (counsel for Kanimozhi) is advised to be careful in the future.”

The court fixed December 19 for hearing final arguments as the counsel for the CBI and the accused sought time to advance the arguments.

It may be noted that besides A Raja and his erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, who were present in the court, other accused including former Telecom Secretary Sidharth Behura, Swan telecom promoters Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka moved exemption notices.

Others facing trial in the case include Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra, three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair .

Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV Director Sharad Kumar and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are also accused in the case.

Besides these 14 accused persons, three telecom firms — Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL), Reliance Telecom Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd — are facing trial in the case.

n October 22, 2011, the court had framed charges against them under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, faking documents, abusing official position, criminal misconduct by public servant and taking bribe.

(With Agency Inputs)

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