The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday indicted DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, daughter of Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi, and some others in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Those named in the supplementary chargesheet include Karim Morani of Cineyug Films, Rajeev Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables, Asif Balwa (brother of Shahid Usman Balwa) and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar.
All of them, including Ms Kanimozhi, have been asked to appear before the court of special judge O.P. Saini in the Patiala House complex here on May 6.
However, in what is being perceived as a political move, Ms Dayalu Ammal, Mr Karunanidhi’s wife, was not named in the chargesheet — as had been expected in some quarters.
From a total of 29 witnesses — from witness number 126 to 154 — in its supplementary chargesheet, the CBI has named Ms Dayalu Ammal as witness number 143. Agency sources said the CBI had not found any evidence against her. The CBI also came to the conclusion, after scrutiny of all records, that Dayalu Ammal was not involved in Kalaignar TV’s operations, and that she was on its board of directors only to fulfil quorum requirements of the Companies Act.
What is learnt to have gone against Ms Kanimozhi are the Niira Radia tapes and the revelation made by Mr Asirvatham Achary, a staffer attached to former communications minister A. Raja, that Ms Kanimozhi had taken an active interest in the affairs of Kalaignar TV. Dayalu Ammal and Kanimozhi own 60 per cent and 20 per cent stakes respectively in Kalaignar TV. Sharad Kumar holds the remaining 20 per cent.
Political sources, meanwhile, also told this newspaper that despite the DMK supremo’s daughter having been named in the chargesheet, the party was in no mood to leave the ruling UPA. Irrespective of the coutcome of the state’s recently-concluded Assembly elections (whose results will be known on May 13), the DMK remains heavily dependent on the Congress. If the alliance were to romp home, the DMK is likely to need the Congress to form a government; and even if it were to lose the election, the DMK would definitely want to have the Congress on its side as a protective shield against the AIADMK’s Ms Jayalalithaa.
Rajiv Agarwal and Asif Balwa will, meanwhile, be produced in court on Tuesday as it has issued production warrants against them. After going through the copy of the FIR, the supplementary chargesheet and the statements of witnesses, special judge O.P. Saini said: “There is enough incriminating material on record to proceed against the accused persons.”
In the 48-page chargesheet, the CBI has charged Ms Kanimozhi with having entered into a criminal conspiracy with the other accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and also under Sections 7 and 11 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, which deals with acceptance of alleged illegal gratification. The chargesheet said the investigation into the case disclosed that the money had travelled from DB Realty to Kalaignar TV.
In the supplementary chargesheet, additional charges have also been levelled against former communications minister A. Raja under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for taking bribes. The chargesheet names Mr Raja, then telecom secretary Siddharta Behura and Mr R.K. Chandolia, then private secretary to Mr Raja, for abuse of their official positions by giving undue favours to Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless.
On Tuesday, meanwhile, the Delhi high court will hear the bail petitions of five senior corporate executives arrested in the jail: Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom, Unitech managing director Sanjay Chandra, and three from Reliance ADAG — managing director Gautam Doshi, senior vice-president Hari Nair and group president Surendra Pipara. All of them are now lodged in Tihar Jail. Asian Age