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Why Kanimozhi was made accused and Dayalu not: CBI

The CBI which named Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s daughter Kanimozhi as an accused in the 2G case did so keeping in mind her "active role" in the operations of Kalaignar TV and her "conduct" in the Radia tapes.



New Delhi: The CBI which named Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s daughter Kanimozhi as an
accused in the 2G case did so keeping in mind her "active
role" in the operations of Kalaignar TV and her "conduct" in
the Radia tapes.

On the other hand, the CBI did not name the wife of
DMK chief Dayalu Ammal, who is said to have 60 per cent
stake in Kalaignar TV, as she was not found to be an "active
member" in the functioning and operations of the channel.

CBI sources said that Kanimozhi was named in the
supplementary chargesheet filed today in the scam as her
"active role" was established during the agency`s probe.

This came to light through her dealings in the
operations of the Kalaignar TV, her "active" association with
former Telecom Minister A Raja and her subsequent conduct that
was reflected in the Radia tapes, the sources said.

"She was also actively pursuing the matters of
Kalaignar TV in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in
New Delhi. These grounds formed the basis of Kanimozhi being
chargesheeted today," the sources said.

They said the Radia tapes that were scrutinised by
CBI sleuths indicate that Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, was
interested that Raja be retained as the Union Telecom
Minister and this formed one of the main grounds for her being
named in the chargesheet.

"She does not communicate in English or any other
language except Tamil. During the agency`s probe it was found
that she had not signed any documents related to Kalaignar TV.
She was just on the board of the company to meet quorum
requirements as mandated under the companies Act," sources
said.

Her role vis-s-vis former Telecom Minister A Raja and
the functioning of the DMK-owned channel were found to be nil,
they said.

"She only invested the money she got as a Director
after the split from Sun TV into Kalaignar TV and that is why
she has a large stake in the channel," sources said.

CBI sources said it is not only the case with
Kalaignar TV that they have not charged all the directors on
the board of the company but in other cases also they charged
only those members who were "active" in the operations of
their respective firms.

CBI sources said that in today`s supplementary
chargesheet they have included the illegal gratification
offered by one set of individuals like Vinod Goenka and Asif
Balwa, among others, to the other set like Raja who had
received illegal gratification were also chargesheeted.

Sources said the initial aspect and role of Sadiq
Batcha, an associate of Raja who recently dies, has also been
included in the chargesheet.

PTI

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