A Special CBI court in New Delhi hearing 2G spectrum allocation case on Tuesday allowed DMK MP Kanimozhi to participate in a two-day agitation conducted by her party in Tamil Nadu against the AIADMK government. Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini said: “Considering the fact that the process of trial shall not be hampered in the absence of accused for these two days and her counsel shall remain present during the proceedings, I am inclined to allow the application.
Accordingly, Kanimozhi is exempted from personal appearance in the court for July 4 and 5.” The CBI raised fears that there was a possibility of her being arrested during the political agitation, which might affect proceedings in the case, but the court rejected this contention. 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 six companies accused in two separate cases related to allotment of 2G spectrum.