M.D.RAMANATHAN,T.N.KRISHNAN,PALAKKAD MANI IYER AND SWAMINATHA PILLAI

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For DMK’s Kanimozhi, an ED chargesheet could mean being sent to jail again

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/for-kanimozhi-an-ed-chargesheet-could-mean-a-fresh-jail-term/1090549/

Kanimozhi

2G Spectrum Scam: The case against M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, who is among the accused in the 2G spectrum scandal, has so far been making slow progress, with the Enforcement Directorate yet to chargesheet her and former telecom minister A Raja under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

If and when that chargesheet is filed, Kanimozhi could potentially face a second jail term. It could also lead to attachment of her properties and those of DMK-backed Kalaignar TV, say ED officials. Once charged under the stringent act, getting bail is difficult and punishment severe: section 4 prescribes rigorous imprisonment of seven years. Besides, the ED can attach properties identified as “proceeds of crime”.

With Karunanidhi having given the UPA until Thursday to adopt a resolution on Lankan Tamils in Parliament, sources predicted negotiations, and among the issues they expected to be discussed was the chargesheet. ED officials , meanwhile,say it is in its final draft and likely to be filed early next month.

The ED adjudicating authority, a three-member authority for civil proceedings and headed by Prasanna Kumar Misra, had issued orders against various 2G accused in January 2012, accepting as “proceeds of crime” properties identified as such by the ED.

There have been no attachment proceedings against Kanimozhi yet, though the authority’s order had said, “This so-called loan (said to be routed to Kalaignar TV) is the central issue in the case before us. Investigations have disclosed that Dynamix Reality and DB Realty Ltd had taken credit facilities from Ms IL&FS…”

Properties of Shahid Usman Balwa, Swan Telecom, D B Realty and others, together worth Rs 223.55 crore, have on the other hand already been attached by the ED. These include flats, land, bank balances and other assets described as “proceeds of crime”.

Kanimozhi had spent 190 days in Tihar Jail in 2011 after the CBI named her an “active brain” behind the functioning and setting up of Kalaignar TV. The CBI alleged that Kalaignar TV had received Rs 209 crore, deposited into their accounts through a circuitous route, from Swan Telecom (now Etisalat DB).

Statement of Dr.Swamy, President of the Janata Party – March 9, 2013

I demand that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms Jayalalitha give up her sectarian approach on the question of India’s relations with Sri Lanka and instead develop a national perspective.

Not only India has to look after the interests of Tamils but also of Sinhalese since they have kinship with Indians in Orissa, Bengal and Bihar. Therefore to ask that the Tamil interests should prevail over national interest is sectarian and unbecoming of any political leader with a national outlook and the national aspirations. Ms Jayalalitha must know that we are Indians first and Tamils later and anyone who says to the contrary has to be treated as a traitor and a dangerous secessionist.

On the question of alleged atrocities committed by Sri Lankan Navy on Indian fishermen, this problem has arisen because Mr. Karunanidhi in 1974 as Chief Minister gifted away Kachhativu Island on the shores of which are available the best prawns in the world. Therefore, Mr. Karunanidhi had destroyed Tamil interests by collaborating with the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to give Kachhativu Island to Sri Lanka. Now Tamil Nadu is paying a heavy price for his betrayal of Tamil interests.

It is surprising that students of Law colleges in Tamil Nadu are increasingly becoming lawless and violent. It is time that the Tamil Nadu derecognize those Law colleges whose students do not show respect for the Constitution and instead engage in violence.

( SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY )