DMK MP Kanimozhi Tuesday argued in a Delhi court that there was no “iota of evidence” against her regarding the alleged “parking” of Rs 200 crore in Kalaignar TV and that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has chargesheeted her only on the basis of “sketchy material”.
While arguing on framing of charges and on the bail plea moved by Kanimozhi, counsel for Kanimozhi Rebecca John said the DMK MP was not in any manner linked to the alleged transaction of Rs 200 crore from DB Group company to DMK-run Kalaignar TV. “On these very very sketchy material, ED has now turned this into a grand allegation against her as if she had done some extraordinary thing… Not an iota of evidence is there which will even prima facie show that Kanimozhi had anything to do with the parking of Rs 200 crore in KTV,” John told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.
ED has filed a chargesheet against 19 accused, including Kanimozhi and former telecom minister A Raja, claiming that the transaction of Rs 200 crore, which was allegedly paid to Kalaignar TV, was “not genuine” and it was a “bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies”.
During the hearing, John said Kanimozhi had been made an accused in the case merely because she used to regularly visit Raja’s office and was a promoter director of Kalaignar TV for just 13 days.
“Kanimozhi has resigned from the post of promoter director of Kalaignar TV after she was elected to Rajya Sabha. The decisions taken in board meetings of the company during her stint as promoter director were purely concerning the company and does not prove any illegality,” John contended. He argued that post resignation, she was a minority shareholder of the company and had no say in its matters.
Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal, who are accused in the case, raised questions over the legality of investigation being carried out by the ED. “They have not filed the copy of the FIR before the court in 24 hours as per the provisions of CrPC nor have they filed the police diary and yet the agency claims to be an investigative agency,” he said.
The court has fixed the matter for Wednesday for further arguments on the bail pleas and framing of charges.