‘Raja wanted to make quick buck for DMK’
Putting the entire blame of the 2G scam at A Raja’s doorstep, DMK MP and Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi said the former telecom minister “wanted to make quick money to give it to the party”. Harish V Nair reports.Updated: May 06, 2011 23:35 IST
Putting the entire blame of the 2G scam at A Raja’s doorstep, DMK MP and Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi said the former telecom minister “wanted to make quick money to give it to the party”.
“I have no intention to prejudice Raja’s case but it was clearly at his instance that group companies of DB Realty paid Kalaignar TV R200 crore as bribe to get spectrum licenses. He wanted to make money to give it to his party and my client is innocent,” lawyer Ram Jethmalani submitted before CBI special judge OP Saini while arguing Kanimozhi’s bail plea.
“Kalaignar TV also refunded the money at Raja’s behest after CBI began his questioning. But the offence cannot be wiped out even if it is refunded.” “Raja may have collected a lot of bribe but even CBI doesn’t quote him as telling Kanimozhi that I will send a part of it to you,” he said in a lighter vein evoking peels of laughter in the packed courtroom.
CBI has accused Kanimozhi of entering into a criminal conspiracy with Raja and for allegedly accepting illegal gratification through Kalaignar TV.
Holding that Kanimozhi was innocent and Raja was the main conspirator, he said: “She has nothing to do with spectrum. Do not know how she was made member of same conspiracy. All accused being painted with the same brush…she was only a 20% shareholder”.
Holding that CBI was ignorant of the basic principle of corporate criminal liability, he said the right of inter-corporate deposits is vested only with the board of directors.
Jethmalani claimed Kanimozhi was not an authorised signatory, nor signed a single document nor attended a single board meeting. He said the CBI had admitted that it was Kalaignar TV director Sharad Kumar who signed the documents for the transfer of funds which proved that Kanimozhi was innocent. Pleading leniency for Kanimozhi, Jethmalani also urged the court not to sent her to jail as she was a woman and a lawmaker.