Kanimozhi charged with conspiracy in 2G scam case

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi has been named as a co-conspirator in the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the 2G spectrum case.

Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal has, however, not been named in the 2G case.

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja has been charged of taking bribe.

Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and Sharad Kumar, Managing Director of Kalaignar TV, have 20, 60 and 20 per cent shares in the channel respectively.

The CBI had earlier told the court that Rs 200 crore connected with the 2G spectrum scam had travelled from a partnership firm of Swan Telecom Promoter Shahid Usman Balwa to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd.

The agency had said the money travelled through a 'circuitous route" through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, a DB group company and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd.

Besides, the chargesheet may also throw some light on the role of former telecom minister A. Raja's close aide Sadiq Batcha, Director of the Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd, who died under mysterious circumstances last month.

Names of Asif Balwa, cousin of Shahid Balwa, and Rajeev Agarwal, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, who are presently in judicial custody, are also expected in the supplementary charge sheet.

A. Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura, Raja's personal secretary R.K. Chandolia and Shahid Usman Balwa are already in judicial custody.

All the accused have been booked under sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 109 (abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence, and where no express provision is made for its punishment) of the Indian Penal Code.

Raja was forced to resign from the Union Cabinet last year after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum, and added that the government had probably lost Rs.1.76 lakh crore in estimated revenue.

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