Chargesheet may see DMK exit govt
The DMK may take a hard stand against the Congress and the UPA government if the CBI names Dayalu Ammal, one of the two wives of Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, in the second chargesheet as a beneficiary of the 2G spectrum scam. Shekhar Iyer and Rajesh Ahuja report.delhi Updated: Apr 25, 2011 00:55 IST
The DMK may take a hard stand against the Congress and the UPA government if the CBI names Dayalu Ammal, one of the two wives of Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, in the second chargesheet as a beneficiary of the 2G spectrum scam.
Dayalu Ammal is the mother of Karunanidhi's sons, MK Stalin and Union minister MK Alagiri. The second chargesheet is to be filed before OP Saini, special judge for the 2G case, here on Monday.
DMK sources said Karunanidhi might withdraw the six DMK ministers from the government if she is named.
Already, Alagiri was said to be "very upset" with media reports that his mother was likely to be named in the second chargesheet. "Why should I remain a minister if my mother is charged as an accused?" Alagiri is said to have told his close political aides.
Some CBI sources, however, said barring a "last minute" change, Dayalu was unlikely to figure in the chargesheet expected to establish that R200 crore connected with the scam had traveled from a partnership firm of Shahid Balwa of Swan Telecom to the Karunanidhi family-owned Kalaignar TV.
The money was allegedly paid for the then telecom minister A Raja having favoured the company in allotment of spectrum, which was later resold to bring a windfall, the sources said. Dayalu's name cropped up because she holds 60% stake in Kalaignar TV while Kanimozhi has 20% — the rest being held by the channel's managing director, Sharad Kumar. The names of all three stake-holders in Kalaignar TV were expected to figure in the chargesheet. CBI sources indicated that while Dayalu may get a reprieve because she did take an "active" part in running the channel, Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi could face the heat after a key witness told investigators she was an "active brain" behind Kalaignar TV.
Although the DMK leadership may be forced to wait till the Tamil Nadu assembly poll results are declared on May 13, Karunanidhi could still consider some "political action" to deflect attention from embarrassing developments, DMK sources said.