Lynchpin Jaffer Sait Did PR Job for DMK First Family, Protected Kani
By Express News Service | Published: 05th February 2014 07:24 AM |
Tamil Nadu’s most powerful IPS officer during the previous DMK regime, Jaffer Sait, was allegedly fully involved in the cover-up operation that was on in the DMK camp prior to the arrest of Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi when the investigations on the 2G scam were at a crucial stage. He allegedly tried his best to save Kanimozhi — with whom he was seemingly close — from the CBI.
These are apparently some of the startling revelations that tumble out from the friendly conversations he allegedly had with Kanimozhi on two occasions — November 23, 2010 and February 16, 2011 — whose audio recordings and transcripts were placed in the public domain by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after party leader Prashant Bhushan gave a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Sait, who emerges not just as a prime fixer for Kanimozhi but also as a PR person for then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, even purportedly aspired to become the Director General of Police of Tamil Nadu and apparently hoped that the DMK chief’s daughter Kanimozhi would make him realise the dream as he predicted a ‘dynasty type of rule’.
Talking to Kanimozhi when she was detained in a kalyana mandapam after her arrest for taking part in an agitation on February 16, 2011, the then police intelligence chief allegedly says he had prepared a statement for the media, on behalf of private channel Kalaignar TV, to pre-empt CBI action, which had been approved by Karunanidhi, and reads it out to her.
Allegedly approving the contents of the statement, Kanimozhi says: “Good... It will be like saving us even as we fall.”
The statement was published by media houses the next day.
In another talk with her from the Murasoli office, Sait allegedly says he had told Karunanidhi ‘about the PR work’. “We have to highlight all that... for that we have to do some PR work... he asked me you should do it.” Then he purportedly says he had identified a person to do the PR work in Delhi. Apart from that, Sait says, in the recordings released by AAP, that he advised A Raja to ‘take the auction route’, suggesting that he knew about all about 2G.
According to the recordings, in two other conversations, one with M Karunanidhi’s close aide Shanmuganathan and other with Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Jaffar Sait discusses several issues relating to the 2G scam. To Shanmuganathan, he purportedly says he made arrangements from a company for `60 crore, which will be adjusted in advertisements. He also allegedly says he had found another source for `40 crore.
According to the audio recordings, Sait says to Kanimozhi: “This Nira Radia should be shot in the mouth. They too are a bit cautious and do not talk openly.”