New Delhi, Sep 26:
DMK MP Kanimozhi, accused in money laundering in the 2G spectrum allocation case, claimed innocence in a court here Friday and said allegations levelled against her were not supported by any documents.
Kanimozhi’s counsel Sushil Bajaj told the Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge O.P. Saini that there were no documents to substantiate the allegation against her that said she, in conspiracy with others, arranged Rs.200 crore for alleged illegal gratification.
Kanimozhi with former telecom minister A. Raja, Swan telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. (KFVPL) directors Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, Kalaignar TV director Sharad Kumar and P. Amirthan were charge sheeted by the Enforcement Directorate in the case.
Companies named in the case are Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd. (STPL), Kusegaon Realty Pvt. Ltd., Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (Cineyug Films), Kalaignar TV (KTV) Pvt. Ltd., Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company Private Limited, Conwood Construction and Developers (P) Ltd., DB Realty Ltd. and Nihar Construction Pvt. Ltd.
The accused have been booked under various sections dealing with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
“The investigation revealed that amount of Rs.200 crore was paid by promoters of STPL, using their group entity Dynamix Realty, to KTV, through KFVPL and CFPL (Cineyug Films) in the garb of legitimate financial transaction, that is as loan/share application money,” the ED said in the charge sheet.
The payment was illegal gratification for and on behalf of Raja and his associates in lieu of illegal favours given to the STPL for grant of Universal Access Service licence, it has been contended.
The argument will continue Monday.