Friday, December 17, 2010

2G scam: Jaya wants CBI ton probe Maran

Chennai, Dec 17 : All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa on Friday demanded interrogation of tainted A Raju's nephew Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran in connection to the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

 "Resignation of Raja is not the end of 2G controversy, it's just the beginning. The scam reached Himalayan heights during Raja's tenure, his predecessors and his nephew Dayanidhi Maran. So Maran should be interrogated too," Jayalalithaa told reporters.

She welcomed the Supreme Court initiative in monitoring the ongoing 2G scam probe being conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

But she was critical of the investigating agency for not questioning Raju on the scam.

"The CBI let go Raju without interrogating him. That's why I insist, there should be a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe on the scam," the AIDMK chief said.

Stating that it was convinced of irregularities in granting of telecom licences, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the CBI to extend its probe in the process of awarding telecom licences from 2001 and function without any influence.

It directed the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file a status report on the investigations in a sealed envelope to the court on February 10, 2011.

CBI showed 'monumental lethargy' in 2G scam probe: Jaya

Chennai: Charging CBI with showing "monumental lethargy" in its probe of the 2G spectrum scam, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Friday said she welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to monitor the probe but the Centre should not use it to duck the opposition's demand for a JPC.

"I welcome the Supreme Court's announcement that it would monitor the CBI probe into the 2G spectrum allocations scam. I also welcome the Supreme Court's insistence that the investigation should cover actions of the Telecom Department right from 2001," she said in a statement here.  The apex court had yesterday widened the investigation in the case by bringing in its ambit the telecom policy from 2001 to 2008, covering both the NDA and the UPA regimes.

Charging the investigating agency with showing "monumental lethargy" in its probe, Jayalalithaa said the recent "spurt of activities" of CBI had come only after the Supreme Court asked why it was "dithering" on the issue and why former Telecom Minister A Raja had not been questioned.

By expanding the CBI probe ambit to 2001, the tenure of former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran would also come under scrutiny, she said

However, Jayalalithaa said the Centre should not use the Supreme Court-monitored investigation to "duck" the combined opposition's demand for a JPC probe.

"The scope of the CBI investigation is limited to certain parameters. It cannot and will not include the conspirators and accessories to the scam, many of whom are in positions of considerable political power, both in the state and at the Centre. The whole truth has to come out. And for this, a JPC probe is the only solution," she said.

She said her party would continue to insist on a JPC probe into the matter and join hands with all like-minded parties in pressing for this "very justified demand". 

Biography of Senthamizhan Seeman


Name: Seeman
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Sen'tamizhan Seeman (Sebastian Seeman), better known mononymously as Seeman, is a Tamil film director and actor in Tamil Nadu, India. He is a well known Tamil activist and one of the open supporters for oppressed tamils in TamilNadu and Srilanka Separate Tamil Eelam

Early life and career
Seeman born at Aranaiyur village near Paramakudi Town in Ramnad District , Tamil Nadu, India. After a few years of working with director Balu Mahendra as an assistant, he began working in Tamil films as a director with his first film being Panchalankurichi in 1997 with Prabhu Ganesan in the lead.
He later directed Iniyavalae and Veeranadai the consecutive two years. He directed Thambi in 2006 which was critically acclaimed. His latest film was Vaazhthugal which released in 2008.Seeman has sound background in karate, Silambam and other types of martial arts.

As of 2007, he began his acting career, debuting in the film Pori. Since, he has essayed supporting roles in films like Evano Oruvan and Mayandi Kudumbathar.

Seeman has met with numerous controversies, largely linked to his support of the Tamil Tigers and its leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Hunger strike arrest
On 24 October 2008, Seeman was arrested after taking part in a rally condemning state atrocities against Tamils in Sri Lanka, organized by director Bharathiraja, also a Tamil activist, and other prominent Tamil directors, actors, and producers. The rally was part of statewide protests across Tamil Nadu in 2008 condemning the Government of Sri Lanka's role in the Sri Lankan Civil War.

During the rally, Seeman and fellow director Ameer Sultan made speeches criticizing the Indian government and expressing support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a Tamil separatist group on the island which has been alleged as a "terrorist group" by India and many other countries. The two were later released on bail with the help of their assistant directors, Bharathiraja, and actor R. Sarath Kumar.

Deportation from Canada
Seeman attended several Maaveerar Day events in Toronto, Canada on 27 November 2009 and delivered an anti-Sinhalese and pro-Tamil Tiger speeches and also announced the launch of a new movement called "We are Tamils" (Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam).

The RCMP (The Royal Canadian Mounted Police) arrested him after he delivered a hate-speech against the Sinhalese ("not a single Sinhalese should live") in a speech to the Canadian Tamil Youth and deported him back to India. Following Seeman's deportation was the fire-bombing of the residence of E. V. K. S. Elangovan by a few individuals, including an unnamed assistant film director.

Tamil NGO raided by CBI to continue its work

Chennai: The NGO linked to DMK MP Kanimozhi that was raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday said it would carry on its work of promoting Tamil culture and was confident its name would be cleared soon.

 "The raid has affected the public perception of Tamil Maiyam. People may doubt whether the trust is a beneficiary of 2G spectrum scam money. We are now taking action to correct any such negative perception," the NGO's founder and managing trustee Jegath Gaspar Raj told IANS.

 He said he is confident the name of Tamil Maiyam would be cleared as he actively cooperated with the CBI officials during the search. All the board members of the trust had called him up and expressed their solidarity with the trust, Raj added.

 Formed in 2002, Tamil Maiyam's main objectives are to promote Tamil art, literature and culture, and to create a platform for Tamil people across the world to interact, relate and work together for the betterment of Tamil as a language and Tamil society.

 Raj, a Catholic priest, said the Rs.4 crore Chennai Sangamam - an annual festival of Tamil Nadu's folk arts held here - will be held as scheduled and work to raise funds was on.
 "We have already raised about 30 percent of the event budget and are confident of raising the balance to hold the event," he said.

 The other major event organised by Tamil Maiyam is the Chennai Marathon at an outlay of Rs.2 crore.

 On the NGO's assets, he said it has a stability fund of Rs.1 crore, the interest from which is used to pay the salaries of 15 staff (13 full time and two part time). 

 "The total assets of the trust will be around Rs.1.5 crore," Raj said.

 Asserting the NGO has not received any of the 2G spectrum scam money, he admitted it had received Rs.300,000 from Green House Promoters for conducting the Chennai Sangamam. 

 Offices of the city-based Green House Promoters were searched by the CBI as it was promoted by a close associate of former communications minister A.Raja. The CBI also searched Raja's residences in New Delhi and in his native Perambalur in Tamil Nadu and that of his brothers and sisters in the raidsWednesday.

 Raj said he was not sure why the CBI raided his NGO. "It could be a combination of reasons like stifling my views on the Sri Lankan Tamils, association of DMK's Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi with the trust or his view that Raja should not be tried by the media," he said.

 Kanimozhi, daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi, joined Tamil Maiyam as one of the board members in 2006.

 However Raj discounted the possibility of the trust being targeted by CBI as a warning signal to theTamil Nadu's first family members.

 "I don't think a central investigating agency would do that," Raj said.

 Raj assailed Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and political commentator Cho Ramaswamy for terming him a LTTE agent.

 "I have consulted legal advisors and may file a criminal defamation suit against them," he said.

HC discharges TN Minister from wealth case

madras_highcourtChennai: The Madras High Court on Friday discharged Tamil Nadu Tourism and Registration Minister N Suresh Rajan from a disproportionate asset case holding that properties standing in the name of his parents could not be held to be his own.

Discharging Suresh Rajan and his parents from the case, Justice Aruna Jagadeesan of the high court's Madurai bench said the properties in the name of his parents could not be held to be his own and in the absence of any investigation into his individual income.

Pronouncing the order in Chennai, the Judge said: "There is no acceptable reason to club others as the properties of Suresh Rajan."

Vigilance and Anti Corruption department had registered a case under the provisions of Prevention Corruption Act against Suresh Rajan in 2001.

The Department had alleged that being a public servant he had committed an offence of criminal misconduct for acquiring wealth and resources being in possession in the name of his parents which was disproportionate to his known sources of income to the extent of 17.20 lakh as on May 14, 2001. 
Suresh Rajan was Tourism Minister in DMK government during 1996-2001.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Special Judge, Nagercoil, had declined to discharge Suresh Rajan and his parents from charges levelled against them, following which they moved the high court's Madurai Bench.

2G Scam: CBI sends seized computers for forensic analysis

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A. Raja speaks during a news conference in New Delhi January 18, 2006. REUT...
New Delhi: The CBI is trying to decipher the information stored in over a dozen computers seized from the premises of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal among others raided by the agency in connection with the probe into 2G scam.

The probe agency has sent these computer systems and laptops for a detailed analysis at the Forensic Sciences Laboratory to retrieve the information stored in their hard disc drives, official sources said today.

Sources said the forensic analysis besides focusing on information available on the hard drive will use special tools to retrieve any possible deleted information which might have linkages to the scam.

Official sources said the computers were also seized from the premises of alleged hawala operators Mahesh and Alok Jain besides from the 17 companies raided by it yesterday. These have been sent for forensic analysis to retrieve any possible deleted information.

They said the agency was looking for specific information about possible money laundering or anything to indicate any payback.

Sources said the agency is also analysing thousands of pages of documents seized and has specifically roped in officers knowing Tamil language.

Any information regarding violation of country's foreign exchange laws and possible money laundering will be given to Enforcement Directorate, sources said.

The CBI had raided premises of Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd, Equaas Estates Pvt Ltd, Kadir Kamam Estates, Shivakaman Estates, Kowai Shelters Promoters, AGM Investments and finances, Wellcone Telecom, Sally Road Systems Pvt Ltd and Genex Exim Ventures Pvt Ltd.

Besides, premises of J G group, Ayyapa Pvt Ltd and Sally Thermoplastics were raided.

Yesterday's raids were a follow-up of searches carried out on December 8 at the residence of Raja and his four close associates including his personal secretary R K Chandolia in connection with the scam.

The CBI had on October 21 last year registered a case against unknown officials of Department of Telecommunication and unknown private persons or companies and others under different Sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

47-year-old Raja was forced to resign as minister on November 14 in the wake of the CAG report that said rates at which 2G spectrum was allotted resulted in a possible loss to the exchequer to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore

2G scam raids won't affect Congress-DMK alliance: Kanimozhi

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Chennai:  Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi, whose father, M Karunanidhi, is the party chief, said the raids against some of its closest associates in connection with the 2G scam will not affect its alliance with the Congress.

"This (the raids) is a process to show we are clean and DMK is very open to it," said Kanimozhi.

 On Wednesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the office of Tamil Maiyam, an NGO in which Kanimozhi is on the Board of Directors, in connection with the 2G scam.

CBI sleuths also conducted raids at the residence of former Telecom Minister A. Raja's brother and sister at Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli district. Their residences had been raided last week too.

The CBI raided the residence of Kamaraj, Associate Editor of Tamil magazine 'Nakkeran'.

The CBI also raided the office and residence of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia in connection with scam.
Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Pradeep Baijal's home is also being raided by the CBI sleuths.

Baijal was the TRAI chief between 2004 and 2008. He joined Radia's firm in 2009.

Last week, the CBI raided the house of former Telecom Minister A Raja in Delhi, and with his houses in Tamil Nadu in connection with the scam.

There were searches in 14 places and important papers were recovered.

Raids were also being carried out at the residences of former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, member Telecom K Sridhar, Deputy Director General, Department of Telecom, A.K. Srivastava and RK Chandolia.

The CBI has earlier searched offices of Wireless Planning Cell (WPC), the department responsible for allocating Spectrum, and the office of Deputy Director General (Access Services) of the Telecom Ministry to probe the allegations of connivance of officials with private companies in allocation of Spectrum.

Raja was forced to resign as Minister on last month in the wake of the CAG"s report that the rates at which 2G spectrum was allotted resulted in a possible loss to the exchequer to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.