Nothing to do with management of Kalaignar TV, says Kanimozhi

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 9 2014, 03:35am hrs
KanimozhiThe court concluded the recording of the statement of Kanimozhi today. Reuters
DMK MP Kanimozhi, facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, today told a Delhi court that she had nothing to do with the management and operations of Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd which allegedly received Rs 200 crore as illegal gratification through a circuitous route.

During the recording of her statement, Kanimozhi claimed prosecution witnesses had deposed against her under CBI's pressure and although she has been a 20 per cent shareholder in Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd, she had resigned from directorship of the channel on June 20, 2007.

Asked by Special CBI Judge O P Saini why she has been named as an accused in the case, she replied "I do not know. I never had anything to do with the management and operations of M/s Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd, except having been a director for a short period of two weeks and being a shareholder. Yet I was arraigned as an accused in the case."

"Those who have deposed against me appear to have done so under pressure of CBI," she said while responding to the court's query why some of the prosecution witnesses have testified against her.

Regarding the alleged money transaction of Rs 200 crore, Kanimozhi said "I have become aware during the course of the trial that Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd received some funds from Cineyug Films (P) Ltd, which were later returned. I do not know the background or details of the transaction."

"I do not know anything about the other transactions mentioned in the question (posed by the court). I had tendered my resignation from Directorship on June 20, 2007 and thereafter had no role in the affairs of Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd," she said.

The court concluded the recording of the statement of Kanimozhi today.

Kanimozhi told the court that she had acted as a director in Kalaignar TV (P) Ltd for a short period of two weeks between June 6, 2007 and June 20, 2007.

"After my resignation from directorship on June 20, 2007, I have had no role whatsoever in the management, administration or running of day-to-day operations of the company.

"The transactions which are the subject matter of the present case have taken place between December 2008 and February, 2011. In the said period, I had no role in any manner in the running of the company," she said, adding, she does not want to lead any evidence in her defence.

During the day, the court also recorded the statement of Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar, a co-accused, who claimed innocence saying he had "acted" on the instruction of DMK chief M Karunanidhi's 84-year-old wife Dayalu Ammal, who according to CBI, was holding 60 per cent share in the channel.

"...Insofar as the transaction between Cineyug Films and Kalaignar TV is concerned, I acted on the instructions of Dayalu Ammal who is the majority shareholder and promoter and signed the share subscription agreement and share pledge agreement...," Kumar said.

"So far as I am aware, the transaction with Cineyug Films could not be implemented as originally intended because of lack of consensus on share valuation and hence the money received from them was returned with interest and the transaction was a genuine transaction.

"I have no knowledge of any transactions between Cineyug Films, Kusegaon Fruits & Vegetables, M/s Dynamix Realty or any other companies and there is no reason for me to know the same," Kumar said.

He told the court that he was a director of Kalaignar TV and his role was limited to technical aspects such as procurement and installation of equipment and studio set-up.

Kumar claimed he was "innocent" and was implicated in the case only because he was a director and was a 20 per cent shareholder of Kalaignar TV.

The stage for the recording of evidence of former Telecom Minister A Raja and 16 other accused, including Kanimozhi, was set earlier when the court had supplied a draft questionnaire containing 1,718 questions running into 824 pages to the accused.