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Updated: March 12, 2011 13:49 IST

Dayalu Ammal, Kanimozhi questioned in spectrum scam

S. Vijay Kumar
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Kanimozhi, MP, along with Sharad Kumar, Managing Director, Kalaignar TV (left), comes out of the TV office in Chennai on Friday after she was questioned by the CBI in the 2G spectrum scam.
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Kanimozhi, MP, along with Sharad Kumar, Managing Director, Kalaignar TV (left), comes out of the TV office in Chennai on Friday after she was questioned by the CBI in the 2G spectrum scam.

The Central Bureau of Investigation questioned Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal and daughter Kanimozhi here on Friday in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.

Sources in the agency said a special team of the CBI's Anti-Corruption Branch flew down from New Delhi early in the day and questioned the two at the office of Kalaignar TV. The Tamil channel's office is housed at ‘Anna Arivalayam,' the headquarters of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

Nearly a month after conducting a search at Kalaignar TV and questioning its Managing Director Sharad Kumar, the CBI brought members of the State's first family under the ambit of its probe, just weeks ahead of the Assembly elections. Dayalu Ammal and Kanimozhi hold 60 and 20 per cent shares respectively in the channel.

The agency suspects that the transfer of Rs. 214 crore to Kalaignar TV by a company linked to Shahid Usman Balwa of DB Realty, who is under arrest in the 2G spectrum case, was a quid pro quo for Swan Telecom getting a 2G licence and spectrum at a “throwaway price” when A. Raja, also in judicial custody, was the Communications minister. However, Kalaignar TV has sought to clarify that the money was advance payment for picking up stakes in the channel, but it was returned with an interest of Rs.31 crore after the deal fell through following differences over the valuation of shares.

While Mrs. Dayalu Ammal was questioned for about half-an-hour, the CBI team sought clarifications from Kanimozhi for more than three hours. The questions focussed on the flow of funds to Kalaignar TV. Investigators were simultaneously perusing Income Tax returns filed by the channel since its inception.

Everyone seems to be worried but actually not. Our hard earned money has always been looted by someone publicly starting with Mughals, followed by British and now our very own politicians. We are used to this now and will remain like this for another century or so before we get tired of this and start doing something.

from:  Siva
Posted on: Mar 14, 2011 at 21:43 IST

Venu S has great faith in CBI and other investigating mechanism in India.But the track record of CBI, CVC,and other agencies at the state levels are used by parties in power only to witch hunt their opponents and nothing concrete has come out of various scams so far.Even in this case PM has not spoken either in Parliament or in Public about the real situation of what led to this scam.Initially he defended Mr Raja and said that Raja acted with in the policy of the Government. Only later he cahnged his stand.Knowing the political necessity of Karunanidhi's support to Congress party's survival at center how one can expect Congress will allow any investigation agency to have a freehand.They have so far used their mighty power to influence and corrupt all agencies. The recent appointment of CVC and subsequent diqualification of CVC by Supreme court is another example.Let us all wait and see the outcome.

from:  Narayanan Krishnan
Posted on: Mar 14, 2011 at 05:01 IST

i think nobody will care or anything will happen to DMK regime. They have a strong hold in centre as well as state. so nothing will happen to them unless there is someone who would want to bring justice to the people of india. in these days such people are less in number, so nothing will happen to them.

from:  sudhir
Posted on: Mar 13, 2011 at 22:12 IST

I see some coments expressing doubt on genuinity of CBI questioning. Please note that this is the first time that the first family in state being questioned. And I also appreciate the co operation by CM's family. We need to have confidence on CBI proceeding. Else we/our system will be no where.

from:  venu s
Posted on: Mar 13, 2011 at 08:23 IST

The whole questioning exercise seems to be an eyewash. The so-called reason given for the rift and patch up between Congress and DMK appears to be a humbug.Unless the citizens are enlightened, these shameless plays will continue between political parties.

from:  Rajesh Arunachalam
Posted on: Mar 13, 2011 at 06:36 IST

The application of funds received from anybody needs to be assessed after going in to the transaction for such a prolong period. And nobody gives advance money to purchase the shares without first negotiating the deal.Why leave such a large amount with the others without any valid reason? All these things clarified will bring out the real intention of the huge money deposited for such a long period.

from:  Kesavan.R
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011 at 20:20 IST

Will the CBI adopt the same treatment to all other cases?.Why is that Kanmozhi not 'summoned' by CBI ?.I agree with Mr.K.Venkataraman that whole thing looks like just a formality and eye wash

from:  V.T.Venkataram
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011 at 15:54 IST

It is strange that CBI officials agreed to interrogate them in Anna Arivalayam and not in CBI office. As eavesdropping devices would have been placed in AA, was it possible for CBI officials even to discuss anything among themselves? Would CBI extend a similar treatment in all cases? Isn't every citizen supposed to be equal in our country?

from:  Varahan
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011 at 13:13 IST

'Kanmozhi and Sharad Kumar are'questioned' not 'summoned' by the CBI. I am sure CBI has an office at Chennai; why were they not summoned and asked to come to the CBI office; why have the officials go to Kalignar TV office at Anna Arivalayam? During the questioning time the report says Kalignar has also been in the premises with his shadowy presence. Why the kid gloves treatment to the so called VVIPs? The whole thing looks like just a formality and eye wash. Having given the suspects years of notice the investigating agencies are not likely to come with any shred of evidence. In the usual way the investigating agencies will close the matter.

from:  K.Venkataraman
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011 at 10:29 IST

It was a soft questioning with enough time given to prepare and dress up the records. March 31st CBI has to submit the chargesheet. It would be interesting to check out whether they are included in the accused list. This would help the people to assess CBI's impartiality

from:  SK
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011 at 09:43 IST

The amount of interest 31 cr. makes it clear that the money was kept with Kalaignar TV for at least over 12 months. Post-fact revisionism of a transaction is quite easy in India and if, in fact, the money was returned after the 2g scam story broke, then it is highly questionable that the money was intended for investment purposes.

from:  Rajagopal
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011 at 09:34 IST

Would be interesting to see if people from TN would understand what is happening and vote accordingly in the elections or will they still fall prey for the free TVs.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011 at 04:34 IST
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