Court allows Kanimozhi to attend agitation in Tamil Nadu

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 03, 2012 16:50 hrs

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) A Special CBI court hearing 2G spectrum allocation case Tuesday allowed DMK MP Kanimozhi to participate in a two-day agitation conducted by her party in Tamil Nadu against the AIADMK government.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini granted Kanimozhi exemption from personal appearance in the court July 4-5.

"Considering the fact that the process of trial shall not be hampered in the absence of accused (Kanimozhi) for these two days and her counsel shall remain present during the proceedings, I am inclined to allow the application," said the judge, ruling on Kanimozhi's plea.

The court brushed aside the objections of the CBI that there was a possibility of her being arrested during the political agitation, which may affect the proceedings in the case.

According to the government auditor, the then telecom minister A. Raja was biased while distributing second generation (2G) mobile airwaves and operating licences to telecom firms, causing a loss of up to Rs.1.76 lakh crore in lost revenues to the treasury.

Kanimozhi is one of the 19 individuals and sixcompanies accused in two separate cases related to allotment of 2G spectrum.

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