NEW DELHI, 3 Nov : Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy, who had approached court in the 2G scam case, on Thursday described the denial of bail to DMK MP Kanimozhi and seven others as a "correct decision" since they had committed "crime against the nation".
He said one cannot compare the case of Kanimozhi and others with former Goldman Sachs executive Rajat Gupta getting bail in a case in the United States.
"This is a correct decision. The CBI was pressurised to take a ridiculous stand of not objecting to bail applications of certain people while objecting to others," Swamy told reporters here.
He said courts had held that bail is a rule and jail is an exception. "In this case, jail is an exception because they committed a crime against the nation. Rajat Gupta's crime was not a crime against nation and it was just a case of manipulation. This is much more serious crime.
"These people looted the country," he alleged.
Swamy also said that the high-profile accused in the 2G scam may influence witnesses if given bail.
"These are not ordinary people, they are billionaires (with) all kinds of international connections. And consequently... witnesses could be affected by the atmosphere created by their going out and celebrations for them, holding rallies etc,"
Swamy told a TV news channel.
"Therefore, I think in that situation, it is a wiser thing to keep them in jail till at least the witness deposition is over," he added.
Swamy said that even though the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was not soft on the accused, the agency was under pressure when it came to acting against the politicians named in the case.
"They (CBI) are not going soft on all the accused in the case but but where politicians are involved, they seem to have lot of pressure. They probably would prefer the court to tell them what they want to do," he said.
Swamy has also sought a CBI probe into the role of Home Minister P. Chidambaram in the spectrum allocation during his tenure as the finance minister.
His comments came as a Delhi court today dismissed bail pleas of Kanimozhi and seven others in the 2G spectrum allocation case with Special Judge O P Saini saying the charges levelled against them were of "very serious nature."
Source : Economic Times