A CBI court today granted bail to M Natarajan, the husband of jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, in a 23-year-old duty evasion case connected to the import of a luxury car from the UK, after he appeared before it on the direction of the Supreme Court.
Natarajan's nephew V Bhaskaran had secured bail in the case on January 3.
The apex court had granted bail to the two in December last and asked them to deposit Rs 25 lakh each in its Registry. It had also asked them to approach the trial court to decide their bail conditions.
A special leave petition was moved before the apex court, challenging a Madras High Court order which upheld a trial court verdict sentencing Natarajan, along with three others-- his nephew Bhaskaran, Yogesh Balakrishnan and Sujaritha Sundararajan, in the duty evasion case.
Natarajan, who underwent liver and kidney transplantation in October last, came to the the court hall located in the high court premises, with his face partially covered with a white cloth, in the morning.
He remained in the court till 1 pm.
On perusing documents and sureties submitted by him, Thiruneelaprasad granted him bail.
Later, he left the hall along with his supporters and battery of lawyers.
According to the CBI, Natarajan, along with the others, had substituted the original sale invoice with a photocopy of an invoice fabricated by changing the vehicle's manufacturing date to July 1993.
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