The delay was caused as the certified copy of the high courts order, which was required to be submitted along with the bail bonds before special CBI judge OP Saini, could not be furnished within the working hours of the trial court. The special judge waited in his chamber till 5.15 pm on the request of lawyers appearing for the accused but the order was not placed before him in time.
Kanimozhis counsel R Shunmugasundaram said they would furnish the bail bonds before the trial court on Tuesday morning to get the release order. We will submit the bail bond tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, he said.
Besides Kanimozhi, others who were granted bail are Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Bollywood filmmaker Karim Morani and Kusegaon Fruits and vegetables directors Rajiv Aggarwal and Asif Balwa.
The court, however, reserved its order on the bail plea of sixth accused and former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura, saying it will pronounce its judgement later as his plea has been opposed by the CBI. You (Behura) file your written submissions to the contentions of the CBI, Justice Shali told Behuras counsel, senior advocate Aman Lekhi.
Earlier, during the day, additonal solicitor general Mohan Parasaran said the CBI was not opposed to grant of bail to the five persons except Behura and they can be released on the ground of parity as the Supreme Court has already given the same benefit to five other co-accused in the case. He, however, opposed Behuras bail plea saying the bail pleas of public servants require stricter scrutiny as they are the trustees of public property.
Kanimozhi and five others had moved the high court on November 23 for advancing the hearing of their bail pleas. Kanimozhi and five others had come to the SC challenging the trial courts November 3 order denying them the bail.