The news of Kanimozhi getting bail after six months of incarceration in Delhi’s Tihar jail has sparked off a speculation about an imminent role for her in the DMK. The buzz in the party cricles is that her father and DMK supremo M Karunanidhi is insisting upon his sons, Union minister M K Alagiri and M K Stalin, to give her a key position in the party’s organisation as soon as she is released. Kanimozhi’s mother, Rajathi Ammal, is particularly keen that she gets a position of respect and is “compensated” for so much “suffering” she has undergone since the 2G spectrum scam hit her.
Karunanidhi, however, dismissed the talk, saying he was pressurising his sons. “I am not an autocrat. Party will decide on giving new position to Kanimozhi,” he said in Chennai when asked whether she would be given a new position in the party.
Last year, before Kanimozhi landed in the CBI’s 2G dragnet, her mother had insisted that her daughter be made a minister of state in the Manmohan Singh government.
But that dream crashed a year ago when ex-telecom minister A Raja, who was closed to Kanimozhi, landed in jail after he was forced to resign after the government’s auditor CAG reported a “presumptive” loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
Wary of Kanimozhi’s influence, Karunanidhi’s sons, Union minister M K Alagiri and M K Stalin (born of his wedlock with first wife Dayalu) were dead against her getting into the UPA government.
But when she was sent to Tihar jail, they made frequent trips to see her to please Karunanidhi. On November 28, when the Delhi High Court granted her bail after six months, the sons were also happy because that would relieve 87-year-old Karunanidhi’s “silent suffering.” But Rajathi Ammal missed the most happy moment of her life.
When the Delhi High Court finally granted bail to Kanimozhi, she was on board a flight back to Chennai because she thought it would’nt happen so soon. A dispirited Rajathi Ammal, who had waited for so many months, had taken the flight back to Chennai around 3 pm, thinking that the proceedings before the High Court did not indicate a quick decision.
The news of the grant of bail to Kanimozhi came around 3.55 pm. Rajathi Ammal got the news only when she landed in Chennai after 5.30 pm. For many months, Kanimozhi’s mother had been a regular fixture in the trial court. She was often spotted, wiping her tears and hoping every day for her daughter’s freedom.
Karunanidhi, who was in Chennai, got to hear the news first. Asked what he would tell his daughter, Karunanidhi said, “Appada vandhiya” (At last you came). He was thirlled beyond words. “I am happy that Kanimozhi has been granted bail. She spoke to me soon after the court gave her bail and both of us shared the happiness,” said Karunanidhi, who met his daughter thrice in Tihar Jail, where she was lodged after her arrest in the 2G spectrum case on May 20.
Kanimozhi and four others, who were granted bail, had to wait one more night as release warrants could not be issued by the CBI Special Judge due to procedural delay. Special Judge O P Saini waited in his chamber till 5.15 pm (an hour beyond his normal hours) on the request of lawyers appearing for the accused. But the certified copy of the High Court’s bail order was not placed before him in time.(end)