Court reserves orders on bail plea of Morani, Balwa

A Delhi court trying the 2G spectrum allocation case, on Saturday, reserved for May 23 its order on the anticipatory bail plea of Cineyug Films’ Karim Morani.

Special Judge O P Saini, who was also to deliver its order on the bail pleas of co-accused Rajiv Agarwal and Shahid Balwa of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables, deferred the matter to May 24.

Senior advocate Sidharath Luthra, appearing for Morani, also produced a medical report from Mumbai’s J J Hospital in order to seek exemption from personal appearance.
Morani, who is named as an accused in the supplementary charge sheet, was told on May 10 to produce a medical certificate relating to his ill-health.

Luthra sought bail for Morani on the grounds that he was on medication as his heart was functioning only 45 per  cent. The doctors have advised him eight small meals in a day, he submitted.

The CBI, on the other hand, opposed Morani’s plea, saying that he had a definite role in the case and acted as a co-conspirator in transfer of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV from Shahid Usma Balwa’s D B Realty. The court, however, reserved its order till Monday.
Meanwhile, the court allowed the orthopedics mattress in jail for the two officials of Anil Dhirubai Ambani Group (ADAG) Gautam Doshi and Hari Nair.

“However, as per jail rules, the accused are to be examined in OPD (out patient department) of Deen Dayal Upadhaya hospital before the use of orthopedic mattress," the court said.

It directed the jail authorities to take Doshi and Nair to the hospital directly from Tihar Jail on May 23 for examination before producing them before the court.

The CBI had filed the main charge sheet in the 2G spectrum case on April 2, naming former telecom minister A Raja, former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, Raja's then aide R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom's Vinod Goenka and Unitech's Sanjay Chandra as the accused.

In its supplementary charge sheet, the CBI named Kanimozhi, DMK MP, and Sharad Kumar, Kalaignar TV’s MD and CEO, as co-conspirators following the emergence of details about transfer of over Rs 200 crore.

Morani as well as Shahid’s brother Asif Balwa and Aggarwal were also named in the supplementary chargesheet.

Three ADAG officials, Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara, were also named in the case. Pipara is in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as he is undergoing treatment.

All the accused, except Morani and Pipara were present in the court on Saturday.

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