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2G: CBI questions Karunanidhi`s wife, daughter

Both Dayalu Ammal and Kanimozhi collectively have nearly 80% stake in Kalaignar TV channel.



Chennai: DMK MP and Tamil Nadhu Chief
Minister Karunanidhi`s daughter Kanimozhi and his wife
Dayalu Ammal were on Friday questioned by CBI at the party
headquarters here in connection with the 2G spectrum
allocation scam and her stake in Kalaignar TV channel.

The CBI team, which reached here early this morning,
also questioned Managing Director of the TV channel Sharad
Kumar at the channel`s office which is housed in the DMK
Headquarters, official sources said.

The investigators questioned the trio regarding their
stake in the TV channel which has allegedly received Rs 214
crore from Shahid Balwa promoted company which was a
beneficiary of the spectrum allocation made by former Union
Minister A Raja, official sources said.

Both Dayalu Ammal and Kanimozhi collectively have
nearly 80 per cent stake in the channel, they said.

A team of CBI officials reached, Anna Arivalayam, the
DMK headquarters where both were questioned about their
stake. Kanimozhi was also questioned about her telephonic
conversation with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia which were
tapped by Income Tax department, they said.

The CBI had told a court recently, "It has also come
to light that there was a transaction of Rs 214 crore from M/s
Cineyug Films private limited to Kalaignar TV in 2009.

"The funds were arranged by M/s Cineyug Films from DB
Group companies wherein the family members of Balwa are the
directors or shareholders," CBI had said in its application
filed before the court.

Kalaignar TV`s denial earlier had followed CBI`s
allegations that there was a connection between scam accused
Balwa-promoted Swan Telecom and the channel.

Managing Director of Kalaignar TV, Sharad Kumar had
denied receiving pay-offs from DB realty, whose former chief
Balwa is in CBI net along with Raja.

Kumar, who was also questioned last month, had also said
the sum received from Cineyug Films was an "advance for
transaction of shares", and was returned with interest when
the two parties differed over the price evaluation of shares.

He had said that the money from Cineyug was received
as loan which had been repaid with interest and the Income Tax
department was aware of the transaction.

PTI

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