2G case: Special court frames charges against A Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu and 16 others

A Raja and DMK's Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi

New Delhi, Oct 31: A special court on Friday framed charges against former Telecom Minister A Raja, MP Kanimozhi, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal and 16 others in a 2G scam-related money laundering case. All accused have pleaded not guilty.

According to reports, A Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and Shahid Balwa are some of the individuals whom the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had chargesheeted in the 2G spectrum allocation scandal.

In August, a Delhi court, however, granted bail to these individuals along with 6 others.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini had also allowed the bail plea of 83-year-old Ammal on a personal bond of Rs five lakh with two sureties of the like amount.

It may be noted that ED had chargesheeted 19 accused — 10 individuals and nine firms — in the case stating that the transaction of Rs 200 crore, which was allegedly paid to DMK-run Kalaignar TV, was “not genuine” and it was a “bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies”.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, ED had named Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, Ammal and P Amirtham as accused in the case.

The accused, however, had countered the claims of the ED contending there was no evidence to support the allegations levelled by the agency in its charge sheet.

The counsel appearing for Raja and Kanimozhi had argued that documents filed along with the ED’s complaint nowhere show that they were connected with Rs. 200-crore transaction from DB group to Kalaignar TV.

Similarly, other co-accused, including Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, had argued that there were no evidence to connect them with the alleged crime and its proceeds.

According to ED, Kanimozhi and co-accused Sharad Kumar, MD of Kalaignar TV, were having 20 per cent stake each in the TV channel while Dayalu Ammal was holding the rest 60 per cent stake.

It may be added that all the accused in the case are presently out on bail.

(With Agency Inputs)

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