New Delhi: Taking its probe into the 2G spectrum scam further, the Enforcement Directorate, Tuesday, issued summons to DMK MP Kanimozhi and four others named by the CBI in the supplementary chargesheet filed in the case.
Besides Kanimozhi, who is the daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the others co-accused who have been summoned by the ED are Sharad Kumar of Kalaignar TV, Karim Morani of Cineyug Films, and Asif Balwa and Rajiv B Agarwal of Kusegaon Realty.
All of them would be questioned on the basis of the suspicion that they have indulged in laundering 2G spectrum allocation kickbacks through DMK promoted Kalaingar TV.
Kanimozhi, her step mother Dayalu Ammal and Sharad Kumar reportedly hold 20, 60 and 20% shares in Kalaignar TV respectively.
Earlier, the CBI had first named as accused former telecom minister A Raja, his personal aide RK Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa.
Later, five more corporate executives were added to the list as co-accused - Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom, Sanjay Chandra of Unitech and Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. All nine are in judicial custody.
The CBI has alleged that Kalaignar TV started refunding Rs 200 crores illegal gratification back to the companies promoted by various accused including Shahid Usman Balwa only after Raja was quizzed by it on December 24 last year.
First Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 19:44