The headquarters of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) here was bustling with political activity on Friday, but it was not merely the high-level talks between the Congress and the DMK to decide on the Assembly constituencies they would contest that attracted a huge media attention.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, the country's premier investigating agency, was also at the same venue as part of its probe into the 2G spectrum scam. The CBI team questioned Kanimozhi, daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, and his wife Dayalu Ammal, at the office of Kalaignar TV, in which they hold 80 per cent stakes.
The questioning went on, even as aspiring candidates were being interviewed by the DMK leadership and dozens of mediapersons were waiting to know the outcome of both the investigation and the seat identification talks between the main alliance partners.
CBI officials in Chennai remained tight-lipped about the development, maintaining that the operation was being directly supervised by the agency's headquarters.
Talking to journalists later, Ms. Kanimozhi said they were cooperating with the CBI. “We are answering everything and whatever is required. We are cooperating with the CBI, unlike many political leaders who don't. I think that really has to talk for itself about our intention of coming out clean.”
The CBI team, including a woman official, returned to New Delhi on Friday evening.
Asked whether the questioning would continue, a CBI official said: “For now, the questioning is over…whether they will be required for more clarifications depends on further course of investigation.”