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A Raja 'illegally' allotted 2G spectrum to ineligible firms: ED

Former Telecom Minister A Raja had “illegally” granted 2G spectrum licences to ineligible firms, says a statement by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

business Updated: Jun 02, 2015 01:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
2G spectrum,Raja,Kalaignar TV

Former Telecom Minister A Raja had “illegally” granted 2G spectrum licences to ineligible firms in lieu of which Rs 200 crore was allegedly transferred to Kalaignar TV, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has said in its final arguments in the 2G scam-related money laundering case.

“Kalaignar TV was owned by Kanimozhi (DMK MP) and Dayalu Ammal (wife of M Karunanidhi) who are both related to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi and Raja also belonged to the same party,” special public prosecutor Anand Grover told special CBI Judge O P Saini.

Claiming that Rs 200 crore was the “proceed of crime”, Grover alleged that a conspiracy was hatched by Raja and other accused including the companies, for "illegally granting telecom licences to ineligible firms."

The money which was to be transferred to the TV channel through various companies in a circuitous route, was returned only when Raja was called by the CBI for investigation in the 2G spectrum scam case, Grover added.

On Monday, the arguments remained inconclusive and would continue on July 27.

Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and 16 others, including nine firms, are facing trial in the case.

On April 25 last year, ED had filed a charge sheet against the accused for alleged offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

On October 31, the court had framed charges against the accused saying that Raja, allegedly in connivance with Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and other co-accused, was involved in “parking” of illegal gratification of Rs 200 crore in Kalaignar TV.

First Published: Jun 02, 2015 00:36 IST