Monday, April 11, 2011

Raja’s brother arrested on charges of ‘bribing’ voters

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja's brother A. Kaliaperumal at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. File photoFormer Telecom Minister A. Raja’s brother has been arrested on charges of “bribing” voters in Perumbalur district in the run up to the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls, police said on Monday.
A. Kaliaperumal was allegedly caught “red-handed” on Sunday night while distributing money at Labbakudi Kadu and Irayur, the second time he has been involved in such an incident in as many days. He was produced before a court which released him on bail, they said.
Mr. Kaliaperumal, a businessman, has been slapped with cases under various sections of IPC, including bribery and violation of Representation of People’s Act. Police said they also seized some calendars and diaries from his possession.
On April 9, police had taken Mr. Kaliaperumal into custody for allegedly distributing money to Self Helf Women Groups and a case was registered against him following strong protests from opposition parties as well as locals and intervention by Election Commission.
He was later let off by police.
The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI had questioned Mr. Kaliaperumal in February in connection with the 2G Spectrum scam, in which Mr. Raja has been arrested.
The investigating agencies are probing if his firms had acted as fronts for the former telecom minister.

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