The tension within the DMK was palpable as party’s Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi flew into Delhi on Wednesday, to appear before the special CBI court on May 6. The probe agency has summoned her in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.
Kanimozhi was accompanied by her son and husband. Some DMK leaders and MPs also arrived in the same flight. As soon as she arrived, the daughter of Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, went into a huddle with her lawyers.
Karunanidhi is said to be deeply "disturbed" by the possibility of Kanimozhi being sent to CBI custody and later to judicial custody since other accused, including honchos of telecom companies and and former telecom minister A Raja, have been sent to jail.
The CM is said to have told DMK leaders that he could not bear to see her going through trouble as “she is innocent.”
Karunanidhi is said to be keen on travelling to Delhi to be with his daughter when she appears before CBI. But his sons, MK Alagiri and MK Stalin, are trying to persuade him against it.
DMK sources said some party leaders had approached Ram Jethmalani, senior criminal lawyer and BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, to appear for her but nothing appears to have been finalised.
Backed by her father, Kanimozhi has all along maintained that she was innocent and would fight the case legally. She will have to defend herself against the CBI’s accusation that she was a co-conspirator along with Raja, for the alleged kickback of R214 crore paid to their family owned Kalaignar TV by DB Realty in lieu of allotment of spectrum to some firms. Kanimozhi, as a director, holds 20 % stake in Kalaignar. She has held that the money was a loan and was returned to the company which paid it.
Kanimozhi has also been summoned by the ED on May 12 to answers questions relating to money laundering charges. She now faces charges under prevention of money laundering Act against her, indicating that the noose was tightening.