DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who was arrested in 2G scam-related money laundering case, Delhi court on granted bail to her.
Earlier Dayalu Ammal’s counsel had told a special court that she was suffering from dementia and cannot defend herself.
During the hearing, 84-year-old Dayalu Ammal sought discharge from the case and permanent exemption from personal appearance on medical grounds. Her counsel said she is suffering from dementia and is in “unsound state of mind”. She is unable to recognise anybody except close relatives and that too erratically.
“In such a condition when a person is unable to converse or understand the complexities of the case, how can she defend herself,” her counsel said. Arguments will continue and witnesses would be examined on July 2.
Enforcement Directoate had filed a charge sheet against 19 accused, including Raja and Kanimozhi, claiming that the transaction of Rs 200 crore, which was allegedly paid to Kalaignar TV, was not genuine and it was a “bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies”.
ED had chargesheeted 19 accused,10 individuals and nine firms in the case.
ED had earlier told the court that its probe into the case emanates from the 2G scam and these accused had allegedly conspired and committed offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.