Names of Raja’s wife, Batcha figure in CBI chargesheet (Lead)

April 26th, 2011 - 12:49 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The names of former communications minister A. Raja’s wife M.A. Parameswari and close aide A.M. Sadhick Batcha figure in the second chargesheet filed by the CBI in a Delhi court Monday in the second generation (2G) telecom spectrum case. They are not among the accused.

Parameswari is among the directors of Chennai-based company Green House Promoters and Batcha, a close aide of Raja, was the MD. He died under mysterious circumstances last month and the case is also being investigated by the agency.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said some of the family members of Raja and his wife, who was the director (legal) in Green House Promoters, were on the board of the company, which acted as a link between various firms accused of having a role in routing money to Kalaignar TV.

The 31-page supplementary chargesheet revealed the routing of over Rs.200 crores from Dynamix Realty to Kalaignar TV through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. and Cineyug Films Pvt. Ltd.

“The investigation has disclosed that there are a number of circumstances…which together conclusively establish that the amount of Rs.200 crore paid by Dynamix Realty to Kalaignar TV through Kusegaon Fruits and Cineyug Film, was not a genuine business transction but in the nature of illegal gratification paid in lieu of the licences, valuable spectrum and other undue benefits given by accused public servants to Swan Telecom,” the chargesheet said.

In the second chargesheet, the CBI has detailed through graphs the routing of gratification from various companies to Kalaignar TV.

“Investigation has, therefore, revealed that Dynamix Realty, which is a partnership firm of DB Group of companies, which also owns Swan Telecom, paid Rs.200 crore as illegal gratification to Kalaignar TV, which is also controlled by the affiliates of the DMK to which accused Raja belongs and such fund transfer was facilitated by Karim Morani, Sharad Kumar and Kanimozhi through their companies,” said CBI.

Kanimozhi was chargesheeted in the 2G spectrum scam for entering into a criminal conspiracy with Raja.

Kanimozhi has also been charged under Prevention of Corruption Act for taking illegal gratification through Kalaignar TV — a channel run by her DMK party which is in power in Tamil Nadu — in which the money related to the 2G scam was routed.

Besides Kanimozhi, four others — Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, director of Cineyug Media and Entertainment Karim Morani, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa’s cousin Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal, who are directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. were named in the chargesheet.

The CBI, in its first chargesheet filed April 2, said the former telecom minister conspired with top bureaucrats, including a retired Indian Administrative Service officer, and corporate honchos to cause a loss of Rs.30,984 crore to the exchequer in the allocation of 2G spectrum.

Besides Raja, the agency had named eight others and three telecom companies.

The agency alleged former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s personal secretary R.K. Chandolia and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and Unitech wireless MD Sanjay Chandra entered into a conspiracy for manipulating the procedure for allocation of spectrum with the aim of favouring companies like Swan Telecom and Unitech.

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