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Kanimozhi’s wait for bail prolongs till Monday
25 November 2011

NEW DELHI: DMK MP Kanimozhi will have to wait till Monday to know the fate of her bail pleaafter the Delhi High Court heard only part of the arguments on Friday. 

But in what can be an ominous sign for the accused, the HC pointed out on Monday that the Supreme Court order granting bail to five corporate executives was "silent" on a charge that attracts maximum punishment of life-term in the case. And, they should not think it as a `walk-over" for them. 

The remarks relating to the offence of criminal breach of trust under Section 409 of IPC slapped against all the 14 accused in the case was made by Justice V K Shali at the end of the day-long hearing, which was earlier slated to be held on December 1. 

"The Supreme Court does not mention Section 409 (criminal breach of trust which provides for life-term as maximum punishment) of the IPC. How do we assume that trial judge would award maximum seven years sentence and not life term under Section 409," Justice Shali observed. 

Responding to the query of the judge, senior advocate Altaf Ahmed, who appeared for Kanimozhi, said the apex court was aware of charges framed also under Section 409 of the IPC and its order is binding on all courts. 

The court is also hearing the bail pleas of former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, DMK-run Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar and director of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Rajeev Agarwal and Asif Balwa of D B Realty. The six co-accused had moved the court on Wednesday for an early hearing of their bail pleas after the Supreme Court granted bail to five corporate executives earlier this week.



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