The accused today appeared before the court paying heeds to the summons issued to them by the court and filed their bail petitions. The court will hear their bail pleas on May 28.
DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, is also an accused in the case. She, however, failed to appear before the court and her counsel moved a plea seeking exemption from personal appearance on the ground that she was not in a “fit mental condition”.
The court accepted Ammal’s plea and exempted her from personal appearance for the day. Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini today directed ED to provide all the documents related to the case to all the accused. The judge said that since the documents are voluminous, the accused submit that at least two days time is required for scrutiny.
Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar and P Amirtham also appeared before the court and filed bail petitions.
The ED has also named as accused Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, Kusegaon Realty Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd), Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd), Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd, Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company Pvt Ltd, Conwood Constructions and Developers (P) Ltd, DB Realty Ltd and Nihar Constructions Pvt Ltd. The representatives of the nine firms were present in the court today.
The money laundering case is related to the 2G scam in which Swan Telecom allegedly paid Rs 200 to DMK-run Kalaignar TV. ED has claimed that the money paid by Swan to DMK-run Kalaignar TV, was “not genuine” and it was a “bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies”.