DMK in knots over Kanimozhi, in damage-control mode over 2G

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M Karunanidhi
New Delhi, Apr 26: Looks like the corrupt is finally making a beeline to Tihar. After 2G tainted A Raja, CWG hocho Suresh Kalmadi, who could be next in the live firing of the investigative agencies? It seems that the DMK are the ones having the jitters this time around after the first family of Tamil Nadu politics is facing the CBI's music.

After DMK MP Kanimozhi, daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi was chargesheeted in the 2G spectrum scam, there seems to be more trouble brewing in the horizon for DMK. It is reported that Kanimozhi was the co-conspirator and is alleged to have accepted bribes to the tune of Rs 200 crore together with Former Telecom Minister A Raja to favour Swan Telecom attain 2G license.

Kanimozhi is also claimed to have played an active part in the re-appointment of A Raja as the Telecom Minister in 2009. The CBI chargesheet reads that Kanimozhi played an active role with the help of intermediaries in “matter regarding reappointment of acccused A Raja as Minister of Communications and Information Technology in 2009, which clearly establishes the strong association of accused Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi and accused A Raja in official/political matters."

The CBI is in the process of investigating the money trail of the scam as well. The 48 page supplementary chargesheet had avoided naming Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal. On the turn of events, the party commented that the CBI questioning was a "publicity exercise of gargantuan proportions". 

After countering that the Rs 200 crore was a loan which was intended to be repaid, the party stated, “Even after it had been proved in a transparent manner that the Rs. 200 crore loan given by a firm (DB Reality to Kalaignar TV) was returned with interest and that there was nothing hanky panky and no conspiracy, Dayalu and Kanimozhi were questioned (by CBI)"

The DMK, however, assured of its maintaining relations with the Congress and continued support of the UPA government. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari commented, “The government is fully stable. Since 2004 when UPA came to power, there have been illusions about its instability and some people have reached the evening of their lives under such an illusion."

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