Denying bail a grave miscarriage of justice: Jethmalani

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 03, 2011 11:26 hrs

New Delhi: The denial of bail to DMK MP Kanimozhi by a Delhi Court was on Thursday termed as a "serious miscarriage of justice" by her counsel Ram Jethmalani who hoped that the Supreme Court would set it right.

"What the judge has done is a serious miscarriage of justice. I believe this judge seems to have decided that no relief should be given except by the Supreme Court itself. He is not therefore wanting to do what is plainly right.

"I consider it grave, grave miscarriage of justice and a deliberate misapplication of law, I hope the Supreme Court will soon put this right," Jethmalani said.

The senior advocate said that bail can only be denied if a person is likely to abscond to tamper with evidence but "there is no such evidence at least in the case of this woman (Kanimozhi)."

Special CBI Judge O P Saini denied bail to Kanimozhi, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, A Raja's erstwhile Private Secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Kusegaon Fruits & Vegetables directors Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal and Bollywood filmmaker Karim Morani in the case.

Senior advocate Aman Lekhi and counsel for Behura said the CBI by not opposing the bail pleas of the five accused admits to a case for bail.

"Only on the ground that it is a big scam and people involved are high profile, it is not appropriate to keep a person in prolonged custody unless there is credible justification for the same," he said on the outcome of the order.

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