A Delhi court today ordered "forthwith" the arrest of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar after rejecting their bail pleas in the 2G spectrum case.
"The bail applications are dismissed. Both the accused be taken into custody forthwith," Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.
The court directed that 43-year-old Kanimozhi and Kumar should be produced before it at 10 am tomorrow, when the case comes up for hearing.
The two were sent to Tihar Jail for 14 days during which they will have to appear in court every day.
The DMK MP, wearing an orange salwar suit, looked stunned after the CBI judge pronounced his order and was consoled by her family members, including her husband Aravindan.
DMK leaders, including its parliamentary party chief T R Baalu, were present in the court.
Minutes after the court pronounced its order, some of the DMK supporters broke down while others were seen making frantic calls.
The court in its 144-page order said that most of witnesses against the DMK MP are the employees of Kalaignar TV and hence the possibility of they being influenced cannot be ruled out.
"Considering the magnitude of the crime and the fact that many of the witnesses are employees of Kalaignar TV, there is every apprehension that the witnesses may be influenced, if the accused are released on bail," the CBI judge said.
The court also considered the "enormity" of the offence while rejecting the bail of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar.