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Balwa money in Kalaignar TV

The probe into 2G spectrum scam seems to be closing in on the DMK. The CBI on Thursday told a Delhi court that Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa pumped in Rs 214 crore in Kalaignar TV, many DMK leaders are believed to have a stake in the channel.

delhi Updated: Feb 11, 2011 00:45 IST
Sumit Saxena

The probe into 2G spectrum scam seems to be closing in on the DMK. The CBI on Thursday told a Delhi court that Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa pumped in Rs 214 crore in Kalaignar TV, many DMK leaders are believed to have a stake in the channel.

"It has come to light there was a transaction of about Rs 214 crore from Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd (owned by Balwa) to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd in the 2009," the CBI said in its application seeking four-day custody of former telecom minister A Raja and Balwa.

The duo was remanded to four days in custody.

The agency said it had questioned Balwa on the shareholding structure of Swam Telecom.

He was also questioned on money allegedly paid to Raja and 'DMK people' for award of unified access service (UAS) licences.

The licence allows a company to operate both basic and mobile telephony.

"Kalaignar TV belongs to Sharad Kumar and others, who are closely associated with A Raja. The funds were arranged by Cineyug Films from DB group companies wherein the family members of Shahid Balwa are the directors/shareholders," the CBI said.

Kalaignar TV takes its name from Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi's sobriquet Kalaignar, Tamil word for artist.

Agency's counsel Akhilesh, who uses only one name, told special CBI judge OP Saini that the agency was probing all 122 telecom licences issued for 22 circles during Raja's tenure.

Accusing Balwa and Raja of being "evasive", the CBI said it wanted to interrogate the DMK leader further and bring him face-to-face with the 37-year-old businessman and other suspects.

"He (Raja) did not divulge the facts and circumstances of the criminal conspiracy and quid pro quo including trail of money" allegedly received from various telecom operators which ultimately received UAS licences, the CBI said.