2G case: ED challenges Raja's acquittal in Delhi HC

2G case: ED challenges Raja's acquittal in Delhi HC

2G case: ED challenges Raja's acquittal in Delhi HC

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court challenging a special court order acquitting former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the money laundering case arising out of the  2G scam.

The move comes within three months after a special court acquitted 19 people in the case. The agency had filed an FIR on the basis of a  CBI case. The court had acquitted 17 people in the CBI case and the agency will also be filing an appeal soon.

The ED had claimed that Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters had transferred Rs 200 crore to DMK-run Kalaignar TV, which investigators claimed was done in connection with the allocation of 2G spectrum to the former. The DMK's Raja was telecom minister when this allocation took place.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, DMK chief M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka of STPL, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, film producer Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Sharad Kumar, Director of DMK-run Kalaignar TV were named in the FIR among others. All were acquitted on December 21.

According to the ED charge sheet, Kalaignar TV was paid Rs 200 crore by the promoters of Swan Telecom in the "garb of legitimate financial transactions" but it was actually "illegal gratification for and on behalf of Raja and his associates" for allotting 2G spectrum and licence.

The ED claimed Swan Telecom used their group entity Dynamix Realty to give money to Kalaignar TV through Kusegaon Realty and Cineyug in the garb of legitimate financial transactions. Later Kalaignar TV returned the money.

It claimed that Dayalu, Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar were "actually involved in parking the illegal gratification" received from Balwa and Goenka in Kalaignar TV.

Raja was also "actually involved" in the process of refund of the proceeds of crime of Rs 223.55 crore in order to "wriggle out" of the charges of crime and thus Raja has committed the offence of money-laundering, a statement issued by the ED in September 2014 had claimed.

The ED  was of the view that the accused gave it a colour of regular business transactions with the intent to conceal its true nature and to project the tainted amount as clean money.