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DMK backs Marans, Jaya dubs CBI raids eyewash

A day after the CBI raids on the Maran brothers in the Aircel sellout scam, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday backed his grandnephews even as chief minister J Jayalalithaa termed the raids an eyewash.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2011 12:08 IST
HT Correspondent

A day after the CBI raids on the Maran brothers in the Aircel sellout scam, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday backed his grandnephews even as chief minister J Jayalalithaa termed the raids an eyewash.

Karunanidhi lashed out at reports that he had distanced himself from former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother and business tycoon Kalanithi Maran.

Breaking his silence on the raids, the former Tamil Nadu CM said he supported his grandnephews in their defence. In a statement, he said, “I treat my daughter Kanimozhi (who is in jail in connection with the 2G spectrum scam) and the Maran brothers equally. Reports that I did not support the Maran brothers is a part of a conspiracy by some vested interests to destroy the DMK.”

Karunanidhi said he did not want to politicise the 2G case and the CBI action.

On Monday, the DMK leadership had maintained a silence on the raids on the premises of the Maran brothers.

But the raids have not impressed Jayalalithaa. The AIADMK chief told TV channels, “The CBI raids are an eyewash to fool the people. It’s been four years since the scam first broke out. It is unlikely the Maran brothers will have any incriminating documents left in their house.”