Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Ineligible firms got spectrum licenses by A. Raja: Enforcement Directorate

On 1st June, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) admitted before a special court that the former Telecom Minister, A. Raja, had allocated 2G spectrum licenses to certain ineligible companies in lieu of which Rs 200 crore was supposedly transferred to Kalaignar TV, owned by DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s family. 
As per the complaint filed by ED, Kalaignar TV (KTV) — in which DMK president M. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal and daughter Kanimozhi had 60 and 20 per cent stake respectively — had received Rs. 200 crore in illegal gratification a “proceed of crime” from the connected companies of Swan Telecom Private Limited that were allocated Unified Access Services Licences in an illegal manner in 13 service areas with the involvement of Mr. Raja and Telecom Ministry officials.
Commencing the final argument before Special Judge O.P. Saini, Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover said that a conspiracy was hatched by Raja and other 17 accused, and the bribe money was paid to Mr. Raja to provide them undue benefit in terms of telecom licenses.  However, the arguments remained unconvincing, and he would continue with the same on July 27th.
ED on April 25 last year had filed a charge sheet against the accused for alleged offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The court had on October 31st last year framed charges against the accused saying that Raja, allegedly in connivance with Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and other co-accused, were involved in “parking” of illegal gratification of Rs 200 crore in Kalaignar TV. 


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