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DMK trio named in 2G case

New Delhi, April 25: The Enforcement Directorate today filed a chargesheet in a special CBI court against 19 persons, including former telecom minister A. Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, in a money laundering case relating to the 2G scam.

The case is about alleged routing of Rs 200 crore “bribe” to the DMK-run Kalaignar TV.

Raja and Kanimozhi are already facing trial in the 2G case being investigated by the CBI.

The ED chargesheet says that Raja, the prime accused in the telecom scandal, was paid Rs 200 crore as “bribe” by Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa’s firm and the kickback was routed through Balwa’s DB Realty and Cineyug to Kalaignar TV.

The chargesheet, filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, also names DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, Sharad Kumar of Kalaignar TV, and Swan promoters Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka.

The matter will come up for hearing on April 30 when the judge will decide whether to take cognisance of the chargesheet or not. In court, the ED today claimed to have found “incriminating” evidence of the channelling of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV through a circuitous route.

“Kanimozhi held 20 per cent stake in Kalaignar TV while her step mother Dayalu Ammal had 60 per cent. Sharad Kumar, the channel’s managing director and a close associate of A. Raja, held the remaining 20 per cent,” an ED official said.