The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay proceedings before a Delhi court, which ordered framing of charges in a money laundering case arising out of the 2G scam against 19 people, including former telecom minister A Raja, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi and wife Dayalu Ammal.
A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu, however, sought reply from the Enforcement Directorate on an appeal filed by Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka, who along with Raja and others, are facing money laundering charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The duo has sought setting aside of a lower court order of framing charges against him. A special court while ordering framing of charges against 19 persons had on October 31 said that there was prima facie evidence that they played roles in “parking” of illegal gratification of Rs 200 crore in Kalaignar TV.
Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV (KTV) MD Sharad Kumar and its director P Amirtham and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are facing charges under the money laundering case. All the accused are out on bail.
The special CBI court has also framed charges against nine firms in the money laundering case. These firms include Swan Telecom, Kusegaon Realty (formerly known as Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables) and Kalaignar TV.