DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi claims to be innocent
| Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 21:48
New Delhi: DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, who is facing trial in 2G spectrum allocation case, on Thursday claimed innocence and told a special court here that she is entitled to be acquitted.
Advancing his final arguments, Kanimozhi's defence counsel and senior advocate Amarendar Sharan told Special Judge O.P. Saini that his client was falsely implicated in the case.
"Kanimozhi was not part of any conspiracy.
"Kanimozhi has remained director of Kalaignar TV from June 6 to 20, 2007 but as per prosecution case, the conspiracy took place after September 2007 when she has left the post," said Sharan, adding that she has already resigned from the post and the prosecution knew about this fact.
"Why was she implicated in the case? She was not part of this conspiracy. She was not accidentally nor primarily required for this conspiracy," he said, arguing that the prosecution chargesheeted her without any evidence.
"Accused Kanimozhi is entitled to be acquitted," contended Sharan.
The Central Bureau of Investigation chargesheet alleged that transfer of Rs 200 crore from DB Group to Kalaignar TV was kickbacks for 2G spectrum allocation.
The probe agency said alleged that Kanimozhi was the "active brain" behind the channel Kalaignar TV as she owns 20 percent of it.
Kanimozhi however maintained that she was not involved in the day-to-day affairs of the channel.
The court has fixed October 14 for further hearing in the case.
Former Communications Minister A. Raja and others are facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
According to the CBI, Raja was biased in allocating 2G mobile airwaves and operating licences to telecom firms, causing huge loss to the exchequer.
The court framed charges against 14 accused and three companies under various provisions of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act on October 22, 2011.
All accused, including Raja, are out on bail.