Court charges Raja, Kanimozhi in 2G case, if convicted maximum sentence up to Seven Years.
In News papers dated 1-11-2014 it is stated that former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, DMK president M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal and others were on Friday put on trial in a 2G scam-related money laundering case by a trial court, which said the accused in “connivance“with each other were actually involved in “parking illegal gratification of `200 crore in Kalaignar TV“. If convicted, Raja and the others face a maximum sentence of up to seven years.
While framing charges, the court observed that there were “factual and credible allegations“against each of the accused and said the entire amount to the tune of `223.55 crore was in fact the “proceeds of crime“. As soon as the judge pronounced the order, he asked the accused as to whether they were pleading guilty to the offence or would face trial. To this, all accused said they would go to trial.
This is not the first case in which these accused will face trial in the multi-crore scam case. Raja, Kanimozhi and the others, including Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, are already facing trial for their alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.
Paving way for the trial, the court on Friday framed charges against 19 accused -10 individuals and nine companies -under section 3 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, and fixed the case for commencement of trial on November 11.
Special CBI judge O P Saini said there was enough material on record to make out a “prima facie“ case against all accused for their alleged involvement in the `200 crore transaction, which was not “bonafide“ and “genuine“.