Jaya slams Karuna for `convoluted` defence of Kanimozhi

Tearing into her arch-rival M Karunanidhi`s "convoluted defence" of his daughter Kanimozhi on the 2G scam, AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa demanded that his entire family be chargesheeted "if the interest of justice are to be met".

Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 14:29 PM IST

Chennai: Tearing into her arch-rival and
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s "convoluted defence" of his
daughter Kanimozhi on the 2G scam issue, AIADMK supremo
Jayalalithaa on Saturday demanded that his entire family be
chargesheeted "if the interest of justice are to be met".

"Karunanidhi has characteristically put forth a
convoluted defence of his daughter..," she said in a statement
responding to the DMK chief`s strong defence of Kanimozhi,
chargesheeted in the 2G case.

Describing as "balderdash" Karunanidhi`s contention that
he was defending Kanimozhi for the sake of the party`s image
and that she was a party worker, Jayalalithaa wondered if he
expected his party workers to believe this.
At Wednesday`s high-level meeting of DMK convened in the
wake of Kanimozhi being chargesheeted, where the party decided
to fight the issue legally, an emotional Karunanidhi had said
he was defending her to save the party`s image.

According to the CBI charge sheet, Kanimozhi had
allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with prime
accused former Union Telecom Minister A Raja and received
illegal gratification through Kalaignar TV to which the money
related to 2G scam was routed.
Jayalalithaa also said that Karunanidhi had denied the
scam itself and sought to blame the developments relating to
it as part of "an upper-caste conspiracy against his brand of
Dravidian politics."

Karunanidhi "when cornered, (would) throw muck all round
and send everyone scurrying for cover, while he seeks an
escape route...," she alleged.

She said the 2G cases were filed by the CBI, not under a
rival political dispensation seeking political vengeance, but
on the instructions of Central government in which
Karunanidhi?s DMK was an "endemic part."

Posing a set of questions on the contentious transfer of
Rs 214 crore from DB Realty to Kalaignar TV, she asked why a
reality firm from Mumbai should invest in a just-launched
Chennai-based TV channel. She also sought to know why the TV
channel "suddenly" decided to convert the amount into an
"unsecured loan" as soon as CBI filed a case and began
interrogating Raja.

It would be better if Karunanidhi, instead of "pushing
the blame on to all and sundry, does some serious
introspection," she said.

"As for the CBI, I insist that it has fallen short by
naming only Kanimozhi in the charge sheet. The entire
Karunanidhi family is involved. All have benefited. And all
should be chargesheeted if the interests of justice are to be
met," she demanded.

PTI