NEW DELHI: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, one of the petitioners in the 2G scam, has accused the income tax and the customs and central excise departments of harassing witnesses in the 2G scam.
In a letter to the prime minister on Monday, Swamy said S S Palanimanickam, minister of state for finance who belongs to DMK, was using various departments such as the income tax and the customs and central excise to harass witnesses.
“I am getting reports that on the directions given by Shri S S Palanimanickam, the officers of these wings of the department are harassing witnesses of the 2G spectrum case. Incidents have come to my knowledge that officers have gone to the residences and work places of relatives of the witnesses with a message that these relatives should give statements against the witnesses to the effect that the witnesses hold income excess to their known sources of income,” Swamy wrote to the prime minister.
“The officers of customs & central excise department have also been misused by Shri S S Palanimanickam to threaten the relatives of witnesses who are doing businesses in various places,” Swamy wrote. The Janata Party president was one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court on the 2G case, which issued a series of landmark orders in the spectrum allocation case.
“These acts of Shri S S Palanimanickam appear to be to help Ms Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, daughter of the DMK president. By pressurizing the witnesses, the aim is to derail the process of fair trial in the 2G spectrum case,” Swamy told the PM in the letter.
Under these circumstances, Swamy suggested that “Palanimanickam is unfit to be in your council of ministers so that free and fair trial may be ensured in the 2G spectrum case”. In the alternate, Swamy suggested that “at least he should be shifted from the ministry of finance to any other portfolio where he cannot misuse the official machinery for intimidating the witnesses in the 2G spectrum case”.