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Raja Gave Illegal 2G Licences for Rs 200 Crore: ED

The ED told a special court that the former telecom minister had conspired with other accused to grant telecom licences to ineligible firms.

Published: 02nd June 2015 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2015 07:50 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday told a special court hearing a money laundering case related to allocation of 2G spectrum that former telecom minister A. Raja had conspired with other accused to grant telecom licences to ineligible firms.

Beginning final arguments in the case, special public prosecutor Anand Grover alleged that a conspiracy was hatched by Raja and other accused and Rs 200 crore was the proceed of crime.

He claimed that the amount was transferred to Kalaignar TV through various firms and was returned only when Raja was called by the CBI for questioning in 2G spectrum scam case.

“Kalaignar TV was owned by Kanimozhi (DMK MP) and Dayalu Ammal (wife of M Karunanidhi) who both are related to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi and Raja also belonged to the same party,” Grover told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

The ED further said that its investigation has revealed that the return of Rs 200 crore has been shown along with an additional sum of money in order to show this illegal payment as legal and bona fide financial transactions.

The arguments remained inconclusive and would continue on July 27.

ED on April 25 last year had filed a charge sheet against Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and 16 others, including nine firms for alleged offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

This is the second case in the 2G spectrum allocation scam in which Raja, Kanimozhi and others are facing trial for their alleged involvement.

In the first case probed by CBI, Raja and Kanimozhi, besides others, are facing trial for criminal breach of trust, conspiracy, forgery, cheating and other offences punishable under the provisions of IPC and under Prevention of Corruption Act.



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