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Second generation: Kanimozhi

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Ms K. Kanimozhi

Ms K. Kanimozhi

ET reports an ongoing development in the INR 1,760,000,000,000 2G spectrum allocation scam:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday named five more people, including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, co-accused in the case involving the award of second generation (2G) phone spectrum.

The supplementary chargesheet, the second thus far, filed by the premier probe agency in a special court here also names as co-accused Sharad Kumar of Kalaignar TV, Karim Morani of Cineyug Films, Asif Balwa and Rajiv B Agarwal of Kusegaon Realty.

“I don’t want to comment now,” Kanimozhi told IANS in Chennai.

Dayalu Ammal, wife of Karunanidhi and stepmother of Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, does not figure in the charges filed Monday as speculated by a section of the media.

Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and Kumar have 20, 60 and 20 per cent shares in the channel respectively.

“Investigations have also revealed that in furtherance of the conspiracy, Dynamix Realty, a partnership firm of DB Realty Ltd and other DB group companies, paid Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd during December 2008 to August 2009, following a circuitous route through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd (DB group holds 49 per cent equity in it),” CBI said in its first charge sheet filed on April 2.

The probe agency had first named as accused former communications minister A. Raja, his personal aide R.K. Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa.

Later, five more corporate executives were added to the list as co-accused — Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom, Sanjay Chandra of Unitech and three officials of Anil Ambani Group: Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara.

Livemint summarizes:

K. Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of Tamil Nadu chief minister M. K. Karunanidhi, along with Sharad Kumar, MD of Kaliangar TV, Karim Morani, MD of Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd, Asif Balwa, cousin of Shahid Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal of Kusegaon Realty Pvt Ltd have been named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its first supplementary chargesheet filed on Monday.

Former telecom minister A. Raja has also been named in the chargesheet for receiving bribes.

The CBI’s second chargesheet in the mammoth telecom scandal revolves primarily around the quid pro quo between Balwas, Raja and others closely associated to the Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) party, according to CBI’s special public prosecutor A. K. Singh.

The CBI has used the Prevention of Corruption Act and the charge of criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code to implicate those it has named.

May 3, 2011

The Hindu reports:

The Enforcement Directorate has issued summons under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to DMK MP Kanimozhi and four others named in the CBI charge sheet in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Sources said besides Ms. Kanimozhi, summons were issued to DMK—owned Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa’s cousin Asif Balwa, Director of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Rajeev Agarwal, and Karim Murani of Cineyug Films (Pvt) Ltd.

They said the ED has also asked the persons summoned to provide documents related to their funding, income and properties.

June 21, 2011

The Hindu reports on the Supreme Court’s rejection of bail for Kanimozhi:

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed DMK Member of Parliament Kanimozhi’s bail plea in the 2G spectrum allocation case and questioned the Central Bureau of Investigation for its failure to interrogate the accused for recovering certain documents.

However, the court offered her some hope, saying she could approach the trial court for bail once charges are framed. It said she shall be entitled to invoke Section 437 of the Criminal Procedure Code “(when bail may be taken in case of non-bailable offence),” which provides for, among other things, grant of bail if the person is under the age of 16 or is a woman or is sick or infirm.

The CBI is likely to file soon a third charge sheet soon after which the special CBI court is expected to frame charges.

The Bench was not impressed with defence plea that the accused were willing to abide by any condition for bail and even the former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was granted bail in a sexual molestation case.

“Let us keep the media discussions outside. It tends to blur our thinking,” the Bench said.

It did not agree with the plea of senior counsel Sushil Kumar that Ms. Kanimozhi should be granted bail as she has a 10-year-old child to look after and that she was being denied his company. “That happens to all other women,” it said.

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