ED: Raja 'illegally' granted 2G licences to ineligible firms

ED: Raja 'illegally' granted 2G licences to ineligible firms

ED: Raja 'illegally' granted 2G licences to ineligible firms

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday told a speical CBI court that former telecome minister A Raja had “illegally” granted 2G spectrum licences to ineligible companies in lieu of a bribe of Rs 200 crore under a conspiracy.

Starting final arguments in the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam, ED’s special public prosecutor Anand Grover said, “The conspiracy was hatched by Raja and other accused including the companies.”

Referring to the evidences on record, the prosecution said Rs 200 crore, which was transferred to Kalaignar TV through a series of transaction arising from one of the accused firms, was the “proceeds of crime”.

The Kalaignar TV, where the bribe money was parked, was owned by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal and his daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi.

“Both Dayalu and Kanimozhi are related to the DMK supremo and Raja also belongs to the same party,” Grover told Special CBI Judge OP Saini.

When Raja was called by the CBI for enquiry on December 25, 2010, a reverse flow of money began from Kalaignar TV Limited to Dynamix Realty through Cineyug Films (P) Limited and Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables (P) Limited.

According to prosecution, Kalaignar TV started reverse flow of money arranging funds from different quarters at a very high interest rate.

The ED’s arguments in the case remained inconclusive and next hearing would take place on July 27.

Meanwhile, the court allowed accused Chandra, Managing Director of Unitech Limited to travel to abroad from July 6 to July 28, even as prosecution opposed the plea of the accused.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, there are 17 other accused in the case in which a total of 25 prosecution witnesses were examined by the court.
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