Posts Tagged ‘Nakkheeran’

‘2G scam bribe was diverted to a TV channel’

4 February 2011

As the effluent starts wafting towards the exhaust fan, journalists and media houses are sliding deeper down into the the 2G spectrum allocation scam that has already claimed a politician and two bureaucrats.

A day after the arrest of the disgraced former telecom minister, A. Raja, The Times of India reports that the enforcement director (ED) that is probing the money trail in the scam has traced “an investment of Rs 206 crore to a TV channel in southern India.”

“The money, ED sources said, was routed through a tax haven and parked in a fisheries firm in Maharashtra and a Mumbai-based event management company before being diverted to a TV channel in south India.”

In The Economic Times, Rohini Singh and John Samuel Raja D name names.

They reveal how the Bombay real estate firm DB Realty transferred Rs 214 crore to the Tamil television channel, Kalaignar TV, which is owned by the third wife of Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi and his daughter, Kanimozhi.

Meetu Jain of CNN-IBN had reported in December last year how a diary found in the disgraced minister’s garage in Delhi had shown payments to “netas and journalists“.

Meanwhile, cartoonists have just begun dipping their quills in vitriol against the charkhas, the spin-meisters.

Cartoon: courtesy R. Prasad/ Mail Today

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Nakkheeran journo denies wife worked for Radia

11 January 2011

When the central bureau of investigation (CBI) raided the offices and residences of disgraced telecom minister A. Raja‘s associates in mid-December, ostensibly to get to the bottom of the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Nakkheeran journalist A. Kamaraj found himself smack bang in the middle of a Tehelka story.

The latest issue of the magazine carries a letter from the journalist and a clarification from Tehelka correspondent Jeemon Jacob who reported the story.

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Setting the record straight

Refer to Jeemon Jacob’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Loot’, 25 December.

My colleagues in Nakkheeran and I always held Tehelka in high esteem. We used to feel that there is a kindred spirit elsewhere too to bring out the truth against all odds. Our shared history of fighting for justice, truth and taking on the powers-that-be from the point of view of ordinary citizens should make us natural partners.

However, with enormous sense of hurt, I must point out that the piece carried by your esteemed publication has blatantly false and concocted news, causing irreparable damage to my name and professional standing as a journalist.

My residential flat was raided by the CBI on 15 December and nothing incriminating was found. The investigating officers took away the property document relating to my flat, the loan documents regarding the purchase of the same, my cell phone’s SIM card, passport and bank passbook. A document was issued regarding the items taken away. But Tehelka made the following harmful, totally manufactured claims:

1. My wife Jayasudha is the general manager of Niira Radia’s Chennai office.
2. The CBI had unearthed documents from my family residence in Perambalur relating to various financial dealings, including land transactions.
3. I was interrogated by the police in 1998 in connection with the murder of a police informer, Bhaktavatsalam, by sandalwood smuggler Veerappan.

All these rather damaging false assertions could have been avoided if your reporter had bothered to check the facts. As a scribe, I always made myself available to any journalist in my two-and-a-half decades as a reporter and then as associate editor.

My wife has nothing to do with Radia, and for that matter has never been employed anywhere till date. The CBI did not search my family residence in Perambalur in the first place, let alone unearthing documents relating to any land transactions. And I was never ever interrogated by the police in connection with any aspect of Veerappan’s excesses.

A. Kamaraj, associate editor, Nakkheeran

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Jeemon Jacob clarifies

1. My source had informed me that Jayasudha was working with Vaishnavi Communications. I cross-checked the information with two others who confirmed she was indeed working for Niira Radia’s firm. But I don’t have the documents to prove it. I admit I should have sought a response.

2. It is true that though Kamaraj’s Besant Nagar flat was raided, I had erroneously reported that there was a raid also at his Perambalur residence. I stand corrected.

3. In the well-known Bhaktavatsalam murder case, some Nakkheeran staffers were implicated and several employees, including senior editors like Kamaraj, were questioned by the Crime Branch in January 2003 in the course of the investigation.

Photograph: CBI officers at Nakkheeran associate editor A.Kamaraj‘s residence (courtesy Tehelka)

Also read: Journalist’s house raided in 2G spectrum scam

Journalist’s house raided in 2G spectrum scam

15 December 2010

Journalistic tongues in Delhi have wagged unabashedly after finding the voices of Vir Sanghvi, Barkha Dutt and Prabhu Chawla in the Niira Radia tapes in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, but the first big piece of action seems to have come from Tamil Nadu in the deep south.

The residence of A. Kamaraj, the associate editor of the Tamil bi-weekly Nakkheeran that shot to fame during the reign of the forest brigand Veerappan, has been raided in Madras’s tony Besant Nagar locality.

Kamaraj is said to be a close friend of A. Raja, the disgraced telecom minister who is alleged to be at the centre of the Rs 173,000 crore scam.

Kamaraj first hit the headlines in 1993 after he accused the English newsweekly India Today of infringing on its copyright, by carrying an interview with Veerappan, which had actually been conducted by its correspondent Shiva Subramaniam. That interview appeared in IT with the joint byline of Raj Chengappa, now editor of The Tribune in Chandigarh.

Kamaraj has often found himself in the middle of defamation cases.

In 2003, his house raided was in a prevention of terrorism act (POTA) case for supporting banned pro-LTTE groups.

Ironically, last year, Kamraj, along with his editor R.R. Gopal, had been sentenced to two years in jail in a defamation case involving then Union minister A. Raja.

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