The DMK family has been confronted with stern criticism over the much talked scam in the recent times - 2G spectrum scam. When DMK's leader and former telecom minister A Raja was arrested over criminal conspiracy charges, the party received the first profound jhatka. Now, its time for a DMK family member (Kanimozhi), for the first time to possibly experience jail life in the 2G scam.
43-year-old Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, claimed that she wasn't involved in the Kalaignar TV's "day-to-day affairs". During the court proceedings, Kanimozhi, who holds 20 percent stake in the TV channel, said, "I was not involved with the day-to-day affairs of the channel. I did not sign any document to facilitate the transfer of the alleged bribe of Rs 200 crore from DB Realty to Kalaignar TV. I never attended a single board meeting of the channel. (Channel CEO Sharad) Kumar chaired all the meetings and he was signatory to all the agreements."
However, claiming Karunanidhi's daughter's statement a sham, his nephew P Amirtham informed, "Kanimozhi was a founder-director of Kalaignar TV. She resigned on Jun 20, 2007, from the board because the necessary clearances from the ministry of home affairs (because she is an MP) were delayed. Nevertheless, she used to take keen interest in day-to-day affairs of the company."
Amirtham, the son of Karunanidhi's late sister Periyanayagam, was Kalaignar TV's chief financial officer when a bribe of Rs 200 crore was handed over to the channel to receive an illegal favour from Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation.