Rejecting allegations that money from the 2G spectrum scam flowed into his NGO, Tamil Maiyam founder Jagat Gasper today said its books were "clean and credible" and was being targetted because of its association with political personalities like DMK MP Kanimozhi.
Addressing a press conference a day after his office was raided by CBI officials, he said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi was only a trustee of his organisation and they valued her association.
"She is just a trustee of Tamil Maiyam... We very much value the association of Kanimozhi as a trustee who has been greatly instrumental in reviving the folk art tradition of Tamil Nadu through Chennai Sangamam," he said, adding, there was no single source of funds, which is not publicly divulged.
"We are unfairly targeted just because we are joined by political personalities..." Strongly denying that funds were routed through his NGO, he said anybody can come and investigate the accounts and the books. "We are still functioning this NGO in a rented place.
We pay Rs 40,000 as rent per month," he said. Rejecting charges that his outfit received money from former telecom minister A Raja, Gasper claimed his NGO had no links with the 2G spectrum scam.
"We wish to state categorically that neither Tamil Maiyam nor its managing trustee (Jagath Gasper Raj) is in any way connected with the 2G spectrum issue or the alleged scam funds associated with it," he said. CBI yesterday raided Tamil Maiyam as part of its probe into the scam. Gasper, who is a priest, said he would cooperate with CBI, if it interrogated him.
He also denied charges that DMK leaders were donating huge funds to his NGO. "Nothing will stop our association with political leaders... Tomorrow if AIADMK comes to power, we will associate with them." He said CBI conducted a search in the office of Tami Maiyam with the scope, as mentioned in the warrant, being to see whether "alleged" scam funds found their way also into the NGO.
Tamil Maiyam cooperated with the CBI search, he said, adding, the NGO has great regards and respect for the professionalism CBI as a national agency, he said. "We assure CBI of all cooperation until the process of investigation concludes," he said.
The NGO said it condemned and rejected "insinuation" by "some media persons" that the 2G scam money possibly went also to LTTE. He also denied that he was a LTTE supporter. "I want a separate Tamil Eelam for the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils, but I never supported the LTTE."