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2G scam: DMK chief's wife testifies at her home

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chennai, October 28, 2013
First Published: 11:21 IST(28/10/2013) | Last Updated: 13:52 IST(28/10/2013)

The chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) on Monday started recording the statement of Dayalu Ammal, wife of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, in the 2G Spectrum case.

CMM Gopalan has been appointed as Commissioner by a special court in the multi-crore scam to record the statement by 85-year-old Dayalu Ammal, who is named as one of the prosecution witnesses in the case.

Dayalu Ammal, along with her daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and others, is a share holder in Kalaignar TV, which allegedly received a large kickback for former telecom minister and DMK leader A Raja from Swan Telecom, one of the companies accused of conspiring with him to land an out-of-turn 2G licence.

On Monday, Gopalan arrived at Dayalu Ammal's residence at 9.40 am, where police have posted a tight security cover.

Her daughter Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP, Sharad Kumar, managing director of Kalaignar TV, who are also among the accused in the case, were present.

The Supreme Court on September 22 had exempted personal appearance by Dayalu Ammal before the trial court, but directed the she be examined at her residence.

Kanimozhi had filed a plea before the apex court, seeking exemption from personal appearance of her mother on medical grounds, which the court had allowed.

CBI officials last week served summons to Dayalu Ammal, informing that her statement would be recorded on Monday. All the 17 accused in the 2G case have been summoned to appear during Dayalu Ammal's deposition, but CBI sources say some have been exempted.

Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, a relative of Karunanidhi, also visited Dayalu Ammal's house.


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