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773cr 2G payoffs to DMK clan: ED

Author: Mohua Chatterjee & Pradeep Thakur
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 4, 2012

Introduction: ‘Enough Proof To Nail Karuna’s Wife & Kani’

There is enough evidence linked to cumulative payoffs of nearly Rs 773 crore to family members of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, the Enforcement Directorate told the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the spectrum scam on Tuesday.
During its presentation to JPC members, ED confirmed that the DB Group, which got 2G licences from former telecom minister A Raja, paid Rs 223.55 crore to Kalaignar TV, owned by Karunanidhi’s wife and daughter.
The ED said it was also probing allegation of another payoff to the Karunanidhi clan: the one from Maxis Communication, in which the beneficiary was Sun Direct TV, owned by family members of former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran.

The allegation is that Maran abused his official position to coerce and help the Malaysia-based Maxis acquire Aircel. The disclosure before the JPC may mean continuing embarrassment for the UPA government. “Investigations for the offence of money laundering are being carried out on the basis of allegation of illegal gratification of Rs 549.96 crore,” ED said on the Maxis-Aircel payoff case. The JPC on Tuesday slammed the ED for its “slow pace” of investigation into the 2G scam.
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