Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kanimozhi 'active brain' behind Kalaignar TV operations: CBI

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NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi was the 'active brain' behind the operations of Kalaignar TV and was in regular touch with former telecom minister A Raja regarding the launch of the channel, claims the second chargesheet on the 2G scam filed by the CBI on Monday. 

The chargesheet says Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi's daughter from his third wife Rajathi Ammal , played a role in Raja's reappointment as telecom minister in 2009. It states that Kanimozhi "actively pursued" with "intermediaries" and DMK headquarters the "matter regarding reappointment of acccused A Raja as Minister of Communications and Information Technology in 2009, which clearly establishes the strong association of accused Kanimozhi Karunanithi and accused A Raja in official/political matters." 

The CBI has not identified the identity of the intermediaries. Kanimozhi, according to the CBI, was also in "regular touch" with A Raja regarding the launch of Kalaignar TV and other pending work of the channel. 

"Accused Kanimozhi Karunanithi was also an initial director of the company and resigned only for the reason that her clearance from MHA was pending and could take time and delay the matter of launching the Kalaignar TV channels," the CBI's charge sheet says. 

The agency has also stated in court that Kanimozhi was an "active brain" behind its operations and held 20% stake in the channel. The chargesheet goes on to say that Raja pursued the cause of Kalaignar TV not only for getting registration of the company from the Information and Broadcasting ministry but also for getting it in the Tata Sky bouquet. 

The second chargesheet focuses on the money trail from DB Realty , headed by Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka, to Kalignar TV, a channel owned by the Karunanidhi family. The agency has also said that Sharad Kumar, the director and CEO of Kalaignar TV, attended and chaired all the board meetings where the decision to engage in the Rs 200 crores transaction with Cineyug were taken. 

Kumar, according to the CBI, signed all the agreements and all other documents with Cineyug, not only on behalf of the company but also on his behalf and the behalf of other directors and shareholders of the company. Kumar is one of the promoters of Kalaignar TV and owns 20% stake in the channel. 


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