A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam fixed the date after senior counsel Abhishek Singhvi made a ‘mention,’ pleading for early listing of the petition filed in July 2013.

A bench of Justice GS Singhvi (retired) and Justice Radhakrishnan had put on hold the hearing on the plea of Kanimozhi and others challenging the framing of charges, saying that their fate would be decided only after it decides the challenge to its April 11, 2011 order barring the Delhi High Court from entertaining any plea against the orders of special CBI Court hearing 2G cases.

Kanimozhi had moved the Apex Court on July 24, 2012, for the quashing of charges framed against her by the special court holding trial in 2G scam cases and also the chargesheet by the CBI. The 2G special court had framed the charges on October 22, 2011.

She had contended that she was one of the directors of the Kalaignar TV for only a short period of two weeks from June 6-20, 2007, and had nothing to do with the channel's financial transactions.

Kanimozhi was charged under Section 120-B (conspiracy), read with 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) 193 (punishment for false evidence) of Indian Penal Code and other provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Kanimozhi had contended that being a 20 percent minority shareholder in Kalaignar TV, she could not be saddled with criminal liabilities of the acts and omission of the company.

She said that allegations made against her pertained to the financial transaction between December 2008 and August 2009 - that is 18 months after she resigned as director.

However, the CBI had said that Kanimozhi was an active brain behind the operation of Kalaignar TV and was in constant touch with former telecom minister A. Raja for the launching of the channel.

The CBI had said that Kanimozhi was the direct beneficiary of Rs 200 crore that DB Reality had transferred to Kalaignar TV through a circuitous route of two firms M/S Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables and M/S Cineyug Ltd between December 2008 and August 2009.

(Agencies)

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