In a harshly worded statement, Kanimozhi and other accused in the 2G scam case were denied bail today, while former Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa moved a step closer to bail when he got bail in third private complaint against him.
2G scam accused were hopeful of gaining freedom today. CBI had already declared that they would not be opposing the bail pleas today and many believed that this will pave way for easy bail for DMK ministers and other people in jail for past few months because of the 2G scam. However, Judge OP Saini, in a strong worded judgement, denied bail to all accused.
This is what he had to say:
“The persons involved in such offenses, particularly those who continue to reap the benefits of the crime committed by them, do not deserve any indulgence; and any sympathy to them not only being entirely misplaced but also against the larger interest of the society the court cannot be oblivious to the fact that such offenses are preceded by cool, calculated and deliberate design with an eye on personal gains and in fact not all such offenses come to the surface.
If a person knows that even after misappropriating huge public funds, he can come out on bail, after spending a few months in jail, and thereafter he can continue to enjoy the ill-gotten wealth obtained by illegal means, that would only encourage many others to commit similar crimes in the belief that even if they have to spend a few months in jail, they can lead lavish and comfortable lives thereafter, utilizing the public funds acquired by them. In fact, not everyone would mind luxurious living for him and his family, even if it comes at the cost of spending a few months in jail. A strong message therefore needs to be sent to these white-collared criminals and those who are waiting in the wings that in the long run, it does not pay to be on the wrong side of the law.”
Meanwhile, former Karnataka CM, Yeddyurappa, who has now been in jail for 20 days, may just get bail today. In the third private complaint against him, the Karnataka High Court today granted conditional bail to him in a corruption case relating to alleged irregularities in de-notifying lands. He was asked to produce a surety of Rs. 5 lakh and not to tamper with evidence. If Yeddy gets bail in the fourth private case against him, which comes up for hearing later today, he will be able to get out of jail for now.