ED files appeal against 2G case verdict which acquitted Raja and all others

The Enforcement Directorate has filed an appeal in connection with the 2G case. The ED appealed against the order of the trial court which had acquitted all the accused in the case.

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2G scam: Court calls CBI chargesheet well choreographed while acquitting Raja, others

The special CBI court has acquitted all the accused in the 2G scam case. The court which has written a detailed order however read out only the operative portion of the verdict today. Loading ad

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2G probe- Raids on

The Central Bureau of Investigation is carrying out raids in several places in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The properties in question are said to be connected to former telecom minister A Raja against whom a case of disproportionate assets has been registered. CBI officials say that the raids are part of the investigation and it is necessary to ascertain the properties and their value as this is a case of disproportionate assets.
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Kanimozhi- the road ahead

For the Central Bureau of Investigation, the first hurdle has been crossed today in the Kanimozhi case. With the Special CBI court rejecting her bail plea, the interrogation of Kanimozhi will now commence in full swing and the CBI will be inching towards a closure of the chargesheet.

A CBI source said that they are aware that she will explore all other legal options, but the CBI is prepared with a strong case on hand. She has been named as a co-conspirator in the 2G scam case and after the rejection of her bail plea, she has been taken into custody by the CBI.

For the CBI it will now have certain key facts to establish through her interrogation. The bribe of Rs 200 crore, her association with Raja in this case and also the death of Sadiq Batcha in connection with this case. The CBI has not given out any specific time they would need to interrogate her. Taking into consideration the gravity and the magnitude of the case, it is important that there are at least 20 to 25 sittings. More importantly considering the profile of these accused persons, it is important that such people stay behind bars. Their reach is far and could tamper with evidence or even scare the witnesses which could prove fatal to the case.

The road ahead for Kanimozhi is not going to be easy. She has two sets of appeals in her kitty and it is up to her legal team to explore these options. First and foremost she could move the High Court and seek bail. However in the case of such high profile accused, they normally go up to the Supreme Court of India directly, another option which is available after the High Court option is exhausted. However in all likelihood, she may approach the High Court since she would not want to exhaust a legal option without even exploring it.

The judgments in such cases is also something that will not go in her favour. Since the foundation of this case lies on the Prevention of Corruption Act, it is highly unlikely that any of the courts would not go along with the order of the Special CBI court. The accused will apart from seeking bail will also seek a stay on the proceedings against her. However there are judgments which clearly state that no interference shall be there on part of the judicial system when a matter is under investigation. Take a look at Section 19(3) of the prevention of corruption act which has been upheld by the Supreme Court of India. It makes it clear that there shall be no stay on proceedings during investigation unless there are extraneous circumstances. Bail could be a possibility if she is able to prove that she is being wrongly harassed. Even if bail would be granted it would be based on heavy conditions such as not tampering with witnesses and also not to leave the jurisdictional police station limits.

However the argument that will be advanced by the CBI is that they have not acted in haste and with no case. There was ample time given before the arrest was carried out. The case has been built up step by step and only once they were sure did they reveal the name of the accused or even connect her with the case. In addition to this, the CBI will also argue that it is very important that she remains in custody since they would need her for interrogation. In addition to this, there is a chance of her absconding/tampering with evidence or even destroying it if she is let out on bail considering that she is a high profile accused in the case.

Jaya, Karuna not the richest in TN

The AIADMK will go to the polls this year with 43 candidates who have pending criminal charges against them while their arch rival DMK has fielded 24 such candidates, according to a report by the National Election Watch.

The report has been prepared on the analysis of 679 candidates so far in the Tamil Nadu 2011 Assembly Elections. There are 125 candidates out of 679 analyzed, (i.e. about 18.4%) who have pending criminal cases against them as per their self sworn affidavits given to the Election Commission.

Out of these 125 candidates with pending criminal cases, 66 have declared pending serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. on them.

All major parties analyzed have given tickets to candidates with criminal backgrounds. AIADMK has 43 out of 144 (30 %), DMK has 24 out of 111 (22 %), BJP has 19 out of 169 (11 %), PMK has 14 out of 27 (52 %), DMDK has 7 out of 36 (19 %), INC has 6 out of 54 (11 %), VCK has 3 out of 6 (50 %) and CPI(M) has candidates with pending criminal cases.

All major parties have also given tickets to candidates with serious pending criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, theft, dacoity etc. in the Tamil Nadu 2011 Assembly Election. Of the candidates analyzed, AIADMK has 27 , BJP has 10 , DMK has 9 , PMK has 6 , INC has 5 , DMDK has 2 , VCK has 2 , CPI(M) has 2 , PTP has 1 , BSP has 1 such candidate.

Top five candidates with pending criminal cases:

M Muruganandam (Nagapattinam )of the BJP has a total of ten cases ranging from attempt to murder and dacoity.

J Gurunathan of the PMK from the Jayankondam constituency has 9 cases ranging from voluntarily causing hurt and promoting enemity.

Raja of the DMK from the Anthiyur constituency has 4 pending cases ranging from theft to abduction.

P G Bose of the BJP fighting from the Didigul constituency has 4 pending cases which include attempt to murder.

R Elango of the BJP from the Peravurani constituency has 2 pending cases against him ranging from obscene acts and attempt to murder.

The richest:

When it comes to the richest candidates the AIADMK again leads the pack with 75 crorepati candidates while the DMK has 73.The Congress and the BJP come third and fourth with 33 and 25 candidates respectively. The DMDK and the PMK have 12 and 11 such candidates respectively.

c of the Indian National Congress is the richest candidate with 133 crore

S Duraiswamy of AIADM is worth Rs 64 crore

E Subaya of AIADMK is worth Rs 60 crore

Mohammad Sheikh Dawood of the IUML is worth Rs 53 crore

J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK is worth Rs 51 crore

M Karunanidhi chief minister from DMK is worth Rs 44 crore

Karthe of PMK is worth Rs 33 crore

Vijaykant of DMDK is worth Rs 27 crore

c of DMK is worth Rs 27 crore

Doraiswamy R of AIADMK is worth Rs 27 crore.

The poorest:

Easter Rajan S of MGRSP has no assets. RR Jeyram ( DMDK), Marthanandan, Manidhan and Karupanannan ( all independents) have shown zero assets.