Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) did not walk out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre on Wednesday over the 2G issue and decided to fight the case legally.
After a meeting of the party’s high-level committee, DMK president and Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi expressed ‘anguish’ over inclusion Kanimozhi’s name in the second chargesheet in the spectrum allocation case by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and said they would fight the issue legally to prove the their innocence of his daughter and the party in court.
“We will take legal steps to prove the truth,” he told reporters.
Ever since the supplementary chargesheet named Kanimozhi as an accused was filed in a Delhi court on Monday, there has been speculation that DMK might adopt a hard line and could even think of quitting the central ministry.
Asked whether Kanimozhi would appear before a CBI court at Delhi on 6 May, where she had been summoned, he replied in the affirmative.
“She is not Jayalalithaa to ignore the court summons,” he said in a reference to the AIADMK leader seeking exemption from personal appearance in the disproportionate wealth case against her in a Bangalore court.
Asked whether Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV CEO Sarath Kumar, who had also been summoned, would seek anticipatory bail, Karunanidhi said the lawyers would decide about it.
To a query, Karunanidhi said the party did not face any embarrassment on the issue.
The meeting adopted a resolution blaming some parties to create lack of confidence among UPA allies and to break the alliance.
It said the 2G case was being used to defame the DMK which would seek legal recourse.
Meanwhile, the investigating agency has alleged that Kanimozhi was an “active brain” behind the operation of Kalaignar TV and actively pursued with intermediaries and her party the reappointment of 2G scam accused A Raja as telecom minister.
In its 53-page chargesheet, the CBI has alleged that during investigations, it found that in 2007, Kanimozhi along with other promoters incorporated Kalaignar TV after they left Sun TV network.
“She has also been in regular touch with Raja regarding the launching of Kalaignar TV and other pending works related to the TV,” the CBI, which named her as an accused, claimed in the chargesheet.
The DMK MP was also an initial director of the company but resigned as her clearance from the ministry of home affairs was pending and that would have resulted in delay of launch of the TV, the CBI alleged.
“Investigations have also revealed that the accused Kanimozhi was a stakeholder of Kalaignar TV to the tune of 20% and was an active brain behind its operations.