23 mar 2012
Kanimozhi asks High Court to drop her from telecom case
The CBI has accused Kanimozhi of criminal conspiracy, cheating and attempt to bribe a public servant, Mr Raja. She was granted bail in November. Kanimzohi’s father heads the DMK and is a powerful member of the ruling UPA coalition at the Centre.
Kanimozhi was arrested because a firm part-owned by her, Kalaignar TV, allegedly served as the landing place for a 214-crore bribe for Mr Raja. The money was sent, according to the CBI, by Swan Telecom which had won an out-of-turn telecom license from Mr Raja in 2008. The money was allegedly routed through a maze of companies all associated with or owned by Swan.
But Kanimozhi’s lawyers say that she was only a shareholder in Kalaignar TV and that she played no role in its management’s decisions. They also say that the money that was paid to Kalaignar TV was a laon that was returned with interest. The CBI says the money was sent back only after the case against Mr Raja began picking up speed.