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Court summons Raja, Kanimozhi in money laundering case

New Delhi, May 2 (PTI): A Delhi court on Friday summoned former telecom minister A Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam lawmaker Kanimozhi and 17 other accused in the 2G telecom spectrum case to appear before it on May 26 in connection with a charge sheet filed by the enforcement directorate.

OP Saini, Special Central Bureau of Investigation Judge, asked all the accused, including DMK chief M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, to appear before it, saying there is “enough incriminating material” on record to proceed against them.

“I have carefully considered the submissions made at the bar in the light of the material on record. Since the complaint has been filed by a public servant, there is no need to examine him.

“On perusal of the material on record, I am satisfied that there is enough incriminating material on record to proceed against the accused persons. Accordingly, I take cognisance of the case,” the judge said, adding, “Issue summons to the accused for May 26.”

The ED had filed its charge sheet against 19 accused, including 10 individuals and nine companies, on April 25 in the money laundering case.

Besides Raja, Kanimozhi and Dayalu Ammal, the ED also named promoters of Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka as accused in the case.

Directors of Kusegaon Fruits & Vegetables Pvt Ltd, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar have also been named as accused in the case.

The ED also named as accused STPL, Kusegaon Realty formerly known as Kusegaon Fruits & Vegetables), Cineyug Media & Entertainment (formerly known as Cineyug Films), Kalaignar TV, Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company, Conwood Constructions & Developers, DB Realty and Nihar Constructions.