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Rs 200 crore travelled to Kalaignar TV: CBI

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April 02, 2011 20:45 IST
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The Central Bureau of India on Saturday told a special court in New Delhi that Rs 200 crore connected with 2G spectrum allocation scam has travelled from a partnership firm of Shahid Usman Balwa to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd whose owners include Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's wife Dayaluamma.

Elaborating the conspiracy in the spectrum allocation scam, the agency said the money travelled through a "circuitous route" through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, a DB group company and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Kanimozhi, his wife Dayaluammal and Sharad Kumar, Managing Director of Kalaignar TV, have 20, 60 and 20 per cent shares in the channel respectively.

"Investigations has also revealed that in furtherance of the conspiracy, Dynamix Realty, a partnership firm of DB Realty Ltd and other DB group companies, paid Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd during December 2008 to August 2009, following a circuitous route through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd (a DB group company) and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd (DB group holds 49 per cent equity in it)," the chargesheet said.

However, the chain of this and other suspected quid pro quo related to Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd needs to be consolidated and further evidence needs to be collected to prove the allegations.

Sadiq Batcha, director of the Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd and a close aide of former Telecom Minister A Raja died in mysterious circumstance last month.

The agency said "further investigations regarding these transactions, including custodial interrogation of the accused persons, is in progress and a supplementary police report will be filed in the case soon."

Asif Balwa, cousin of Shahid Balwa, and Rajeev Agarwal, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, were arrested on March 29.

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