New Delhi: DMK MP Kanimozhi, facing trial in a 2G scam related money laundering case along with 18 others, was the “active brain” behind the formation of accused firm Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd (KTV), a prosecution witness today told a special court.
Aseervatham Achary, a former additional private secretary to ex-Telecom Minister A Raja, deposed before the court that Kanimozhi used to visit Raja's residential office here and she used to be widely covered in news bulletins of KTV.
“I used to see Kanimozhi Karunanithi, a member of Parliament belonging to DMK party, visiting A Raja at his residential office at Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi frequently and also she visited his office at Electronics Niketan once. “Both of them used to talk to each other regularly.
She is present in court today. Kanimozhi Karunanithi is the active brain behind the formation of Kalaignar TV. She used to be widely covered in news bulletins of Kalaignar TV,” Achary told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.
During his cross-examination by senior advocate Rebecca John, who appeared for Kanimozhi, Achary denied that he was deposing falsely in the court on this issue. “I have not examined any record of KTV. However, I know that she (Kanimozhi) is an active brain behind KTV because during that period of formation of KTV, I was working with A Raja and I have personally seen that she was taking active interest in the formation of KTV,” he said.
“It is wrong to suggest that I am speaking lies on this point. It is further wrong to suggest that I have made this statement for political reasons,” he said.
As Achary deposed in the court that he has been a member of BJP since April this yearafter taking voluntary retirement from government service in February, Kanimozhi's counsel asked him, “I put it to you that in the light of the fact that Subramanian Swamy and BJP had made this case a political issue, you gave evidence in the case to suit their political game?”
“I agree to the first part of the suggestion but deny the latter. It is wrong to suggest that I have been manipulated by Subramanian Swamy and the BJP to give false evidence before the court.
It is wrong to suggest that my evidence today qua Kanimozhi Karunanithi is false and devoid of any legal merit or foundation,” he replied.