Karunanidhi reaches Tihar Jail to meet Kanimozhi

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi reached Tihar Jail Monday evening to meet his daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, who is lodged there in connection with the 2G spectrum case.

The DMK chief, who is in the national capital on a ‘personal visit’, reached the jail premises at around 5.40 pm.

He was escorted by DMK parliamentary party chief T.R. Baalu and Kanimozhi’s husband G. Aravinthan

Rajathi Ammal – Kanimozhi’s mother and the third wife of Karunanidhi – also accompanied the leader to the prison.

The DMK chief, who came in a black Mercedes, was accompanied by seven security cars.

While a posse of media persons were waiting at gate number three of the high-security jail for more then two hours, Karunanidhi hoodwinked them by entering the jail through the administrative block, which houses top jail officials, including Director General (Prisons) Neeraj Kumar.

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister was unlikely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi as he was on a ‘personal visit’, DMK sources said. The DMK is a member of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance.

He is also likely to meet DMK MP and former communication minister A. Raja as well as Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, who too are in jail, the DMK sources added.

Kanimozhi, who was sent to jail by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court Friday after her bail petition was denied, filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court Monday. It will come up for hearing Tuesday.

‘The arrest (of Kanimozhi) is a vendetta against DMK and my family,’ Karunanidhi had said in an open letter to party cadres in the DMK official journal Friday.

In an apparent expression of the DMK’s disappointment over the arrest of Kanimozhi, none of the six union ministers of the party attended the second anniversary function of the UPA-II government here Sunday. The DMK was represented only by former minister T.R. Baalu.

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