ED summons Kanimozhi on Apr 26

DMK’S Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on April 26 to record her statement in connection with the 2G scam probe.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2012 12:44 am

DMK’S Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on April 26 to record her statement in connection with the 2G scam probe.

Kanimozhi,who is likely to be here from April 24 onwards to attend Parliament session,has also been asked by the ED to submit documents in person or through her authorised representative. Under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA),the agency can freeze bank accounts and attach properties earned through proceeds of crime.

The daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi,Kanimozhi has been at the centre of the 2G investigations and was granted bail in November last year. According to investigators,Kanimozhi is a 20 per cent stakeholder in the DMK-backed Kalaignar TV,which received Rs 200 crore as kickback from Swan telecom through a circuitous route. In a chargesheet filed against Kanimozhi and others,the CBI described the DMK as an ‘active brain’ behind the entire operation and lobbying for the television channel with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Kalaignar TV and Kanimozhi are also facing property attachment under the PMLA. The ED in its provisional attachment will propose to attach the properties of three firms involved in the transfer of alleged bribe money.

The ED plans to question the DMK MP on the trail of money received into the account of Kalaignar TV. Managing Director of Kalaignar TV Sharad Kumar will also be examined by the ED after recording the statement of Kanimozhi.

“We have asked them to furnish documents related to their funding,income and properties,” said an ED official,adding that if they do not appear within the given time-frame,they will start the process of attachment of properties.

According to the Enforcement Directorate,the money was transferred into the television channel account in 33 tranches between 2008 to 2010.

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