Swamy names Karunanidhi in 2G telecom scam

February 22nd, 2011 - 7:33 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb.22 (ANI):Janata Party President and telecom scam petitioner Subramanian Swamy, on Tuesday named Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his family as co-accused in the scandal that caused an estimated Rs. 1.76 trillion (about 39.57 billion dollars) loss to the exchequer.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had raided the office of the local Kalaignar TV in Chennai on February 17, after they came to know that Shahid Usman Balwa, an accused in the telecom scam, had arranged a loan of two billion rupees (44,189,362 dollars) for the channel.

M. K. Dayalu, Karunanidhi’s wife, has a 60 percent stake in the Kalaignar TV, while his daughter, lawmaker Kanimozhi, owns 20 percent.

Speaking to the media after a hearing in New Delhi, Swamy said the court has taken his petition into consideration very seriously.

“I feel that this court has already taken my petition, held it maintainable and it covers a much wider ground including taking Karunanidhi as a co-accused, his family is a co-accused, and some more people, important people in Delhi whose names I will give later,” he said.

The petitioner also said that the former telecom minister A. Raja had ignored the instructions of the Interior (Home) Ministry and had gone ahead with signing a deal with two telecom companies.

“More importantly, I said that Home ministry had said three things: one, Shahid Balwa is connected with Dawood Ibrahim, two that Etisalat is controlled by ISI (Pakistan Intelligence Agency), Telenor is controlled by the Chinese People’s Army, and they have said that both these companies should not be allowed to increase their activities in India, and ignoring that Raja has gone ahead and given it to these companies. Moreover, I said I was in Gujarat recently and I was informed by the people there, reliable people that Shahid Balwa’s has an airport in Palanpur in Banaskantha district,” he added.

Since the last few months, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has come under intense public and political scrutiny for not initiating prompt and stringent measures to quell the financial mismanagement rampant in the system.

The telecom scam, touted as one of independent India’s biggest financial scandals, has severely dented the image of the federal government, and triggered a massive political and public outcry against the extent of corruption exposed in the case.

A court on February 17 sent Raja to New Delhi’s Tihar Jail for 14 days. The CBI, which has been investigating irregularities in the allocation of spectrum licenses since 2009, had arrested Raja and his close aides on February 02.

Raja was forced to resign as telecom minister after the country’s apex auditor body, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), indicted him in its report. (ANI)

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