DMK MP Kanimozhi, facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, on Thursday told a Delhi court that she had nothing to do with the management and operations of Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd which allegedly received Rs. 200 crore as illegal gratification through a circuitous route.
During the recording of her statement, Kanimozhi claimed that prosecution witnesses had deposed against her under CBI’s pressure and although she has been a 20 per cent shareholder in Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd, she had resigned from directorship of the channel on June 20, 2007.
Asked by Special CBI Judge O P Saini why she has been named as an accused in the case, she replied “I do not know. I never had anything to do with the management and operations of M/s Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd, except having been a director for a short period of two weeks and being a shareholder. Yet I was arraigned as an accused in the case.”
“Those who have deposed against me appear to have done so under pressure of CBI,” she said while responding to the court’s query why some of the prosecution witnesses have testified against her.
Regarding the alleged money transaction of Rs 200 crore, Kanimozhi said “I have become aware during the course of the trial that Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd received some funds from Cineyug Films (P) Ltd, which were later returned. I do not know the background or details of the transaction.”
“I do not know anything about the other transactions mentioned in the question (posed by the court). I had tendered my resignation from Directorship on June 20, 2007 and thereafter had no role in the affairs of Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd,” she said.
The court concluded the recording of Kanimozhi's statement on Thursday.