2G scam: Raja, Kanimozhi to face trial from today

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 14:09 IST

Former telecom minister A Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal and 16 others will face trial in a 2G scam case related to money laundering from Monday when a Delhi court will start recording evidence.

Karunanidhi's daughter S Selvi will depose as prosecution witness against her mother Dayalu Ammal and stepsister Kanimozhi in the 2G-case-related money-laundering case in which Raja and 16 others are among the accused facing trial for allegedly presenting a bribe of Rs. 200 crore as a loan transaction.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had on November 13 named 30 witnesses, including Selvi, in the case and the trial is scheduled from Monday with the recording of evidence of prosecution witnesses.

The ED has also named its deputy director Rajeshwar Singh, assistant directors Satyendra Singh and Kamal Singh, who are investigating officers in the case, as witnesses.

ED joint director Himanshu Kumar Lal, the complainant in the case, will also depose as a witness. Lal's statement is likely to be recorded on Monday.

The list of witnesses also contain names of Raja's former additional private secretary Aseervartham Achary, the then-deputy director general of the department of telecommunications AK Srivastava and others.

Special CBI judge OP Saini, who had earlier fixed November 11 for recording statements of prosecution witnesses, put up the matter for November 17 after the counsel for both the ED and the accused sought adjournment citing several reasons.

On October 31, a special court had framed charges against Raja, Kanimozhi, Ammal and 16 others, including nine companies, under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after they had pleaded not guilty and said that they will go on trial for the charges against them.

The court had framed charges against the accused saying that Raja was in connivance with Kanimozhi, Dayalu and other coaccused in parking of illegal gratification of Rs 200 crore in DMK-run Kalaignar TV. If convicted, Raja and others will face a maximum sentence of up to seven years.

The court had said there was enough material on record which made out a prima facie case against all the accused who were chargesheeted by the ED on April 25 for committing an offence punishable under PMLA.

The complaint filed by the ED said Kalaignar TV, in which Dayalu Ammal and Kanimozhi, had a 60% and 20% stake, respectively, had received Rs. 200 crore as illegal gratification from the connected companies of Swam Telecom Private Ltd, which had been allocated to Unified Access Services licences in an alleged illegal manner in 13 services areas with the connivance of Raja and officers of the ministry.

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