Enforcement Directorate (ED) today told a special court that Rs 200 crore “illegal gratification” was transferred to DMK-run Kalaignar TV by DB group firm through a “circuitous route” in return for grant of 2G telecom spectrum to Swan Telecom by former Telecom Minister A Raja.
Advancing the ongoing final arguments in the case, Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover said the money was transferred back to DB group firm by Kalaignar TV (KTV) once Raja was about to be called for questioning by CBI in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case.
“An amount of over Rs 200 crore was transferred from DB group company to Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd which transferred it to Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd. The money was subsequently transferred to Kalaignar TV by Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd.
“A circuitous route was adopted for transfer of money to conceal the proceeds of crime,” Grover told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.
He further said the same amount of money made a “reverse trail” from Kalaignar TV to a DB group company when it came in public that Raja was about to be questioned by CBI.
The arguments remained inconclusive and the court posted the matter for further hearing on August 20 saying “several other cases are listed for arguments and each case requires quite a long time for completing even a specific issue.”
Earlier, ED had alleged in the court that Raja had “illegally” granted 2G spectrum licences to ineligible firms for which Rs 200 crore was transferred to Kalaignar TV.
It had alleged that a conspiracy was hatched by Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal and other accused and Rs 200 crore was the “proceed of crime”.
Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and 16 others, including nine firms, are facing trial in the case.