No links with 2G spectrum scam, says priest

Gasper denied charges that DMK leaders were donating huge funds to his NGO.

Chennai: A day after CBI raided the
premises of his NGO, Tamil Maiyam founder Jagath Gasper on Thursday claimed his organisation has no links with the 2G spectrum
scam and he valued Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s MP daughter
Kanimozhi`s support to it.

"She is just a trustee of Tamil Maiyam... We value her
association...", Gasper told reporters here.

Yesterday, CBI raided Tamil Maiyam, in which Kanimozhi
is a trustee, as part of its probe into the scam.

Denying any association of Tamil Maiyam with the 2G
spectrum scam, he said, "Our books are clean. We are not
afraid. Tamil Maiyam has no links with 2G.

"Nothing will stop our association with political
leaders... Tomorrow if AIADMK comes to power, we will
associate with them."

Gasper denied charges that DMK leaders were donating
huge funds to his NGO.

"We are unfairly targeted just because we are joined
by political personalities..."

Strongly denying that funds were routed through his
NGO, he said anybody can come and investigate the accounts and
the books. "We are still running this NGO in a rented
place. We pay Rs 40,000 as rent per month," he said.

"We are wrongly targeted."

Reading out a statement, he said CBI conducted a
search in the office of Tami Maiyam with the scope, as
mentioned in the warrant, being to see whether "alleged" scam
funds found their way also into the NGO.

"We wish to state categorically that neither Tamil
Maiyam nor its managing trustee (Jagath Gasper Raj) is in any
way connected with the 2G spectrum issue or the alleged scam
funds associated with it."

Tamil Maiyam cooperated with the CBI search, he said,
adding, the NGO has great regards and respect for the
professionalism CBI as a national agency, he said. "We assure
CBI of all cooperation until the process of investigation
concludes," he said.

In as much as the CBI search casts doubts in the minds
of public about the credibility of Tamil Maiyam "we are deeply
pained to note that we are being unfairly targeted just
because we work with political personalities.

"We very much value the association of Kanimozhi as a
trustee who has been greatly instrumental in reviving the folk
art tradition of Tamil Nadu through Chennai Sangamam."

The NGO said it condemned and rejected "insinuation"
by "some media persons" that the 2G scam money possibly went
also to LTTE.

Gasper also denied that A Raja, who quit as telecom
minister over the 2G spectrum issue, had donated any fund to
the NGO.

PTI

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