Karunanidhi's wife, daughter involved in proceeds of crime: ED

Karunanidhi's wife, daughter involved in proceeds of crime: ED

DMK chief M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal was involved in "acquisition" of proceeds of crime while his daughter Kanimozhi was associated in "parking" the money in Kalaignar TV, ED's top official today told the Special 2G court.

Deposing as a prosecution witness in the 2G scam-related money laundering case, Enforcement Directorate's (ED) Joint Director Himanshu Kumar Lal told Special CBI Judge O P Saini that Dayalu and DMK MP Kanimozhi were party to pledging of their respective shares of Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd to Cineyug Films (P) Ltd to "project the tainted money as untainted".

"M K Dayalu was knowingly a party and was actually involved in acquisition of proceeds of crime from Cineyug Films (P) Limited to Kalaignar TV (P) Limited and was actually involved in reverse flow of proceeds of crime from Kalaignar TV back to Cineyug Films....

"She was also the party to purported pledging of shares of Kalaignar TV to Cineyug Films and purported share subscription agreement with Cineyug Films to project the tainted money as untainted," Lal said on being asked by ED's prosecutor N K Matta to explain the role of Dayalu who is also an accused in the case.

While Dayalu was holding 60 per cent stake in Kalaignar TV, Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar had 20 per cent shares each in the channel.

Regarding Kanimozhi, Lal said she allowed pledging of her shares to Cineyug Films to project the tainted money as untainted as these shares were not physically handed over to Cineyug Films.

"She was knowingly a party and was actually involved in parking the proceeds of crime in Kalaignar TV and she was also actually involved in the reverse flow of proceeds of crime from Kalaignar TV to Cineyug Films and projecting the tainted money as untainted through documents like purported share subscription agreement, purported pledging of shares, purported ICDs etc," he said.

Kanimozhi, Dayalu along with former Telecom Minister A Raja, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka and 14 others, including nine companies, are facing trial in the case in which ED has named 30 persons as prosecution witnesses.

On October 31, the court had put on trial the 19 accused -- 10 individuals and nine companies -- under PMLA after they had pleaded not guilty and said they will face the trial for the charges against them.

The court had framed charges against the accused, saying that Raja, allegedly in "connivance" with Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and other co-accused, was involved in "parking" of illegal gratification of Rs 200 crore in DMK-run Kalaignar TV.
If convicted, Raja and others will face jail term of up to seven years.

In his deposition, Lal, who is also the complainant in the case, said Dayalu was having the largest share of 60 per cent in Kalaignar TV and she attended most of the board meetings, AGMs, EOGMs, where important decisions regarding the channel were taken.

She gave her resignation in around 2010 after CBI registered FIR in the 2G case in 2009, he said.

Lal, whose deposition remained inconclusive, explained the roles of other accused, including director of Cineyug Films Karim Morani, MD of Kalaignar TV Sharad Kumar, P Amirtham, Swan Telecom (P) Ltd, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables (P) Ltd, Cineyug Films and Kalaignar TV.

The court commenced the trial in the money laundering case on November 17 and Lal is the first prosecution witness to be examined in the matter.

While framing charges against the accused, the court had observed there was enough material on record which made out a "prima facie" case against the accused who were chargesheeted by ED on April 25 for committing an offence under PMLA.

This is the second case in the 2G scam in which Raja, Kanimozhi and others, including Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka, are facing trial for their alleged roles in the scam.

The other co-accused in the case are Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Sharad Kumar Amirtham and Karim Morani. All of them are out on bail.

The court had also framed charges against accused firms --Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, Kusegaon Realty Pvt Ltd (formerly Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd), Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd), Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd, Dynamix Realty, DB Realty Ltd, Eversmile Construction Company Pvt Ltd, Conwood Constructions and Developers (P) Ltd and Nihar Constructions Pvt Ltd.

In the first case probed by CBI, Raja, Kanimozhi, Shahid Balwa, Goenka, Asif Balwa, Rajiv Agarwal, Morani and Sharad Kumar, along with nine others, are facing trial for alleged criminal breach of trust, conspiracy, forgery, cheating and other offences punishable under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

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