Chennai : DMK leader M Karunanidhi’s octogenarian wife Dayalu Ammal, who has been ailing for some months, on Monday deposed from her home in Chennai as a prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum scandal in which former Telecom Minister A Raja, her step-daughter Kanimozhi and others are cited as accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The deposition, recorded by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gopalan, lasted for close to four hours.
The Supreme Court had earlier permitted Dayalu to depose from her Gopalapuram house in view of her ill-health. A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, had a couple of months ago examined her and certified her to be fit to respond to questions. Following this the CBI special court, which is hearing the case in New Delhi, had ordered the deposition to be recorded from her house in the presence of all 17 accused in the case.
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate arrived at Gopalapuram around 9.40 am and left by 2 pm. Dayalu, was a non-officiating director with 60 per cent stakes on the board of Kalaignar TV, a private satellite television channel that has been cited as a beneficiary of illegal pay-offs through backdoor channels by some of the accused in the 2G scam.
However, the CBI did not arraign Dayalu as an accused in the case since she did not attend the board meetings where these payoffs were approved. Instead her step-daughter (born to Karunanidhi’s other wife Rajathi Ammal) Kanimozhi, who is now a Rajya Sabha MP, and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, both of whom held 20 per cent stakes each, were cited as accused and arrested in the case.