Ready to face the worst, says Kanimozhi
DMK MP Kanimozhi put up a brave face on Thursday, a day ahead of her appearance before the special CBI court in connection with her alleged involvement with the 2G spectrum case. HT reports.Updated: May 06, 2011 08:41 IST
DMK MP Kanimozhi put up a brave face on Thursday, a day ahead of her appearance before the special CBI court in connection with her alleged involvement with the 2G spectrum case.
She said she was ready to face arrest on Friday "if that is what the legal system wants, (and) if that is what the CBI wants."
Kanimozhi, 43, however, admitted in her brief interaction with TV channels that she was rankled that everyone was focusing on her.
"I don't want to say that I have been targeted but I don't understand why there are so many names in the chargesheet. There are so many people against whom there are allegations. But the entire focus is on me. I don't understand why?
"I am prepared to face the worst… I do not expect to be granted bail," she said.
"I do not expect leniency because I am a woman. Whatever the court decides, I will accept."
However, the daughter of Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi made it clear that she will fight legally to prove her innocence against the CBI charge of being a co-conspirator along with ex-telecom minister A Raja in seeking and accepting bribe from telecom companies.
Kanimozhi agreed that the charge against her was "very serious".
The CBI has accused Kanimozhi of entering into a criminal conspiracy with A Raja for allegedly accepting illegal gratification through Kalaignar TV - a channel run by the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu, in which Rs 214 crore related to the 2G scam was routed.
The probe agency's charges against her were made in its second (supplementary) chargesheet filed in the special CBI court on April 25.
"It is a very, very serious charge. I am very clear and sure that I will come out of it clean," she told TV channels.
"We will fight it legally and there is nothing to say that I am a co-conspirator and we will face it legally." She hastened to add: "If people think I'm an easy target, then they are highly mistaken.
She was confident that her family including her step-brothers, Union minister MK Alalgiri and MK Stalin, were with her in the hour of crisis. Her mother, Rajathi Ammal, her husband and son have already come to Delhi to be with her.
"My family is not divided on this issue. My family stands with whatever decisions the leader and the party have made."
Asked if her arrest would affect the ties with the Congress, she said it was not for her to say or make any decision on that.