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What saved Dayalu Ammal

delhi Updated: Apr 26, 2011 02:27 IST
Sumit Saxena
Sumit Saxena
Hindustan Times
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Her non-understanding of any language other than Tamil saved Tamil Nadu chief minister wife Dayalu Ammal from being an accused in the 2G-spectrum scam. Dayalu has nearly 60% stake in Kalaignar TV, which received Rs 200 crore as bribe money in the scam.

Interestingly, she has been made a witness in the case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would use Dayalu's statement, as evidence against her step-daughter Kanimozhi and other accused in the scam.

The CBI in its chargesheet said "She informed the board (Kalaignar TV) that due to her age and non understanding of any language other than Tamil, after appointment as director, she would attend the meeting only to suffice the legal requirement to have quorum and not for anything else".

The agency in the second chargesheet said, "She requested Sharad Kumar (director Kalaignar TV) to exercise degree of skill, which may reasonably be expected of a person of his knowledge, experience, calibre and status". Kumar has also been chargesheeted in the scam.

During the investigations, the CBI recovered documentary evidence stating, as per the minutes of board meeting June 27, 2007; Dayalu categorically informed that in view of her old age and deteriorating health, she could not be expected to give any attention to the company's affair. http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/260411/26_04_9b.jpg

The agency said the said board minutes also noted that Dayalu can understand only Tamil and cannot read, write, speak, or even understand any other language, and that fact of the same already intimated to Registrar of Companies, while executing the incorporation documents.

The agency in the chargesheet said that the board accordingly resolved that—"Pursuant to the provisions of section 260 and all other applicable provisions of the companies act, 1956, Dayalu, be and is hereby appointed as Additional Director of the company from July 27, 2007 with noting of her reservations and statements for her appointment as Director".

The agency alleged the amount of Rs 200 crore paid by Dynamix Realty to Kalaignar TV through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables and Cineyug Films, was not a genuine business transaction, but in

the nature of illegal gratification paid in lieu of the Unified Access Service licenses, valuable spectrum and other undue benefit given by accused public servants to Swan Telecom.