Kanimozhi can visit father on his birthday

A special CBI court has given permission to Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP from DMK and daughter of M Karunanidhi, to visit her native state Tamil Nadu to attend her father's birthday party on 3 June.

She had requested the court to allow her exemption from personal appearance on 3 June for attending the function in Tamil Nadu. She is one of the accused in the 2G case and is currently out on bail in the case.

Meanwhile, the Special Court also gave permission to the promoters of Essar and Loop Telecom to travel abroad for business purposes. They have been charged in a case related to the 2G scam. The court has framed the charge of conspiracy to cheat the government against them. Special CBI Judge O P Saini allowed Essar promoters Ravi and Anshuman Ruia to tour European, American and Middle East countries till 25 July.

The court also allowed Loop promoters I P Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan to travel to Dubai on the ground that they are NRIs based there and are required to travel to the Emirates to look after their business interests.

Vikas Sharaf got the permission of the court to travel abroad on the ground that he is employed with Essar group as its President, Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions and is, therefore, required to undertake the travel.

'It is not disputed that applicants/accused are leading businessmen and are required to travel abroad frequently. Considering the fact that the case is listed for hearing on 26 July 2012, onwards and the applicants are leading businessmen with business interests all over the world, the prayer for permission to travel abroad appears to be genuine. Accordingly, the prayer is allowed,' the court said in its order.

The court also released their passports and allowed them to travel abroad subject to condition that the Ruias and Khaitans would furnish an additional surety bond of Rs 50 lakh each 'as they are leading businessmen' while Sharaf has to furnish a bond of Rs 25 lakh as he is an employee.

The other conditions imposed on them are that they will not tamper with evidence or contact any witnesses during their stay abroad and they shall place their itinerary containing details of their places of stay and telephone numbers.
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