CBI charge-sheets Kanimozhi, 4 others in 2G scam

Others who have been charge-sheeted along with Ms Kanimozhi are Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa's cousin Asif Balwa, Rajeev Agarwal-directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd-and Karim Murani of Cineyug Films (Pvt) Ltd

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed its second charge-sheet in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation case naming Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and MP Kanimozhi and four others as accused, reports PTI.

However, the CBI has not named Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, whose name had figured in the 2G probe, as the accused in the supplementary charge-sheet filed before special judge OP Saini.

Others who have been charge-sheeted along with Ms Kanimozhi are Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa's cousin Asif Balwa, Rajeev Agarwal-directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd-and Karim Murani of Cineyug Films (Pvt) Ltd.

Ms Kanimozhi has been charged with section 7 and 11 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The sections deal with acceptance of alleged gratification.

Ms Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar and Mr Murani have not been arrested by the CBI but Asif Balwa and Mr Agarwal are in judicial custody.

The charge-sheet said the investigation into the case disclosed that money had travelled from DB Realty to Kalaignar TV.

Ms Kanimozhi, Ms Dayalu Ammal and Sharad Kumar, managing director of Kalaignar TV, have 20%, 60% and 20% shares in the channel respectively.

The CBI told the court that Rs200 crore connected with the 2G spectrum scam had travelled from a partnership firm of Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd.

The agency which in the first charge-sheet had said the money travelled through a "circuitous route" through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, a DB group company and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd, has maintained the position in the second charge-sheet.

"Investigations have revealed that in furtherance of the conspiracy, Dynamix Realty, a partnership firm of DB Realty Ltd and other DB group companies, paid Rs200 crore to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd from December 2008 to August 2009, following a circuitous route through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd (DB group holds 49% equity in it)," the CBI had said in its first charge-sheet filed on 2nd April.

The CBI, in its first charge-sheet filed on 2nd April, had said former telecom minister A Raja conspired with top bureaucrats, including a retired IAS officer, and corporate honchos to cause a loss of Rs30,984 crore to the exchequer in the allocation of 2G spectrum.

Besides Mr Raja, the agency had named eight others and three telecom companies.

The agency had alleged former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Mr Raja's personal secretary RK Chandolia and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and Sanjay Chandra, MD of Unitech Wireless, entered into a conspiracy for manipulating the procedure for allocation of spectrum with the aim of favouring companies like Swan Telecom and Unitech.

Others named in the charge-sheet include Vinod Goenka, director of Mumbai-based DB Realty, which was also the promoter of Etisalat DB, Sanjay Chandra, managing director of Gurgaon-based real estate company Unitech and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd and Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara, group managing director and two senior vice presidents of Mumbai-based Reliance ADAG.

The CBI had charged Mr Raja with cheating, forgery and abuse of official position under the provisions of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act.

All the nine accused, named in the first charge sheet, are presently in Tihar Jail under judicial custody.

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Japan quake effect: Honda to cut production in India by 50%

The announcement comes following a production cut by Honda Motor at its plants in Japan following a shortage of components due to the impact of the tsunami on its parts suppliers

New Delhi: Auto major Honda Motor Co today said it will cut production in India by 50% from May due to components supply constraints, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month, reports PTI.

The company, which is present in India through a joint venture with the Siel Group-Honda Siel Cars India-produces cars at its Greater Noida plant that has an installed capacity of one lakh units annually. Last year it had sold about 60,000 units in India.

"We are experiencing gaps in our supply chain due to the situation in Japan, resulting in production cuts. We are moving to single shift operations from May 2011, while carefully monitoring the situation," Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) senior vice-president (marketing & sales) Jnaneswar Sen said in a statement.

The announcement comes following a production cut by Honda Motor at its plants in Japan following a shortage of components due to the impact of the tsunami on its parts suppliers.

"The situation with parts supply in Japan remains fluid, production of component parts and vehicles at Honda plants is at approximately 50% of the original production plan," the statement said.

Honda will carefully monitor the situation and manage its operations accordingly, it added.

Most of the Japanese Honda suppliers are making progress to restart production and many either have or are ready to resume parts production. However, there are a few suppliers that have yet to resolve the challenge to resume their production, it said.

The company said Honda was working with its suppliers to help re-establish their operations, while evaluating other possible sources for those parts in the supply chain.

"We plan to get back to normal production as soon as supplies normalise," Mr Sen said.

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CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi arrested by CBI

The CBI claimed to have gathered fresh leads after the trip of its team to London in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in hiring of AM Films and AM Car and Van Hire during QBR held in 2009 at exorbitant rates

New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi, sacked Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee chief, was on Monday arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over alleged irregularities in the conduct of the sporting extravaganza, ending months of speculation, reports PTI.

Official sources said 67-year-old Mr Kalmadi, who was called to the agency's new swanky headquarters for questioning earlier in the day, was put under arrest in the evening.

The CBI's action came following the visit to London by a two-member team of the agency in connection with Queen Baton Relay (QBR) scam.

The CBI claimed to have gathered fresh leads after the trip of its team to London in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in hiring of AM Films and AM Car and Van Hire during QBR held in 2009 at exorbitant rates.

The team had spoken to the London-based owner of both the companies-Ashish Patel-who provided information and documents with regard to the allegedly overvalued deal, the sources said.

AM Car and Van Hire company in London was engaged during QBR in 2009 to provide services like taxis for the guests and OC members. AM Films was hired to provide display monitors during the event.

The agency had asked Mr Kalmadi to appear before it in order to clarify some new issues which surfaced during the London visit of the officials.

Mr Kalmadi had earlier expressed his inability to appear before the CBI citing his foreign visit, saying he would return home only after 19th April. But even after returning from his visit abroad, he did not turn up before the agency saying he was still not in Delhi.

The CBI team during their visit to London had also questioned other companies which were in the fray for the contract.

The agency had sent a two-member team comprising additional director VK Gupta and DIG SK Palsania to London to probe the payments made to the two companies allegedly with Mr Kalmadi's tacit approval, they said.

This is the third time that Mr Kalmadi has appeared before the investigating agency for facing questions relating to the CWG scam.

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