New Delhi: K. Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of Tamil Nadu chief minister M. K. Karunanidhi, along with Sharad Kumar, MD of Kaliangar TV, Karim Morani, MD of Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd, Asif Balwa, cousin of Shahid Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal of Kusegaon Realty Pvt Ltd have been named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its first supplementary chargesheet filed on Monday.
Former telecom minister A. Raja has also been named in the chargesheet for receiving bribes.
The CBI’s second chargesheet in the mammoth telecom scandal revolves primarily around the quid pro quo between Balwas, Raja and others closely associated to the Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) party, according to CBI’s special public prosecutor A. K. Singh.
The CBI has used the Prevention of Corruption Act and the charge of criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code to implicate those it has named.
The agency had earlier charged three telecom firms, a former telecom minister and six corporate executives with a range of crimes in the licensing scandal that a state auditor said may have deprived the government up to $39 billion in potential revenue.
The DMK is a member of Manmohan Singh’s government, helping it maintain a slim majority in Parliament.
The two parties jointly govern Tamil Nadu and the telecom scandal could drain support for the state coalition in the staggered election, results of which are due on 13 May.
The DMK, which has denied any wrongdoing, has threatened to pull ministers out of the government if members of the family that heads the party were charged, according to media reports.
In a sign of fraying ties, the DMK threatened to pull out from the government in March in a row over seat-sharing arrangements in the Tamil Nadu election.
However, analysts question whether the DMK would act on such a threat, given that it needs Congress’s clout in the state as much as Congress needs the DMK’s 18 seats to maintain its majority.
The fresh charges coincided on Monday with the arrest of a senior Congress party MP in connection with a graft investigation in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, which were held in October last year.
Police investigating the telecom case say companies connected to the DB Group funnelled millions of dollars to a television channel owned by the family that runs the DMK party.
Reuters also contributed to this story