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2G scam: ED charge sheets A Raja, Kanimozhi

Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 25, 2014
First Published: 16:16 IST(25/4/2014) | Last Updated: 22:18 IST(25/4/2014)

A day after elections in Tamil Nadu, the Enforcement Directorate on Friday filed a supplementary charge sheet in the 2G case, naming 10 individuals including former telecom minister A Raja, MP Kanimozhi and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal.

Filed in the court of special judge OP Saini through special public prosecutor Naveen Kumar Matta, the charge sheet has also named nine companies under various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

If convicted, the accused are liable to serve jail time for no less than three years and could even be sentenced to a maximum of seven years. They can also be directed to pay a fine up to Rs. 5 lakh.

Others charge-sheeted by ED are Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL) promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka.

The court will consider whether to take cognisance of the charge sheet on April 30.

The ED claimed it had proof that the accused were involved in a money laundering scheme, whereby the STPL promoters paid Rs. 200 crore to DMK-run Kalaignar TV using their group entity Dynamix Realty.

Karunanidhi's wife is a 60% stake-holder in KTV.

The payment was meant as gratification to Raja and his associates in return for illegal favours given to STPL for the grant of the unified access services license, the agency said.

However, in an effort to hide it under the garb of a loan, the money was given along with an additional amount of Rs. 23.55 crore, they added.

This projection of tainted funds as clean was done by the accused in two parts, the ED claimed. First, the money flowed from Dynamix Realty to KTV and subsequently returned from the latter to the former. This structuring of funds for layering of illegal gratification falls squarely within the purview of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the charge sheet said.

Charge-sheeted by the CBI in 2011, Raja, Kanimozhi and other accused are already facing trial in the 2G scam case. Raja and Kanimozhi were earlier questioned by CBI in the case.


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