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CBI chargesheets Kanimozhi, MD of Kalaignar
TV in 2G case
Dayalu Ammal ‘saved’ because she does not
understand English or Hindi!
Sandeep Yadav
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 25
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), putting all speculation to rest, today named DMK Member of Parliament Kanimozhi as a co-accused in the supplementary chargesheet filed by it before the special CBI court in the 2G Spectrum case.

Kanimozhi has been charged under Section 7 and 11 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), which relates to acceptance of alleged gratification. Besides Kanimozhi, Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar, and Karim Morani of Cineyug Films (Pvt) Ltd have also been chargesheeted. They have been asked to appear before the CBI court on May 6.

As per a CBI official, the agency in the chargesheet disclosed that Rs 200 crore connected with the 2G Spectrum had travelled from DB Realty to Kalaignar TV which has Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and Sharad Kumar (MD Kalaignar TV), with 20, 60 and 20 per cent shares in the channel, respectively. Answering the question as to why Dayalu Ammal, wife of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Karunanidhi has been left out in the chargesheet, while the other two stakeholders of the channel (Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar) have been charged, the official said that the “lady has no clue about anything and cannot even speak and understand any language besides Tamil”.

“Dayalu Ammal does not have a single signature on any paper that we have come across. All the papers, wherever required, have been signed by Sharad Kumar. She cannot understand any language besides Tamil and we had a hard time questioning her. Under such circumstances, it is highly unlikely that she could have been part of the conspiracy,” said the official adding that it seems she was there only to complete the quorum.

With regard to Kanimozhi, the officer revealed that a lot of evidence had come up come up against her, besides the obvious interest in retaining A. Raja as the Telecom Minister as revealed in the Radia tapes. “She was the main speaker on behalf of Kalaignar TV and we have several witnesses to back our claim that money travelled as per her directions and with her knowledge,” said the official. The CBI did not refute that other chargesheets could follow and that, if required, it is possible.

“It is an umbrella conspiracy and many other players could be involved. If need be we can always file another chargesheet,” said the official.

Along with A.Raja, former Telecom Minister, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and his cousin Asif Balwa, Rajeev Agarwal, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd has also been named in the second chargesheet. However, all these are already in judicial custody.





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