The former Additional Private Secretary to ex-Telecom Minister A. Raja, Aseervatham Achary, on Friday told a trial court that DMK MP Kanimozhi was the “active brain” behind the formation of Kalaignar TV.
He was giving evidence in the 2G-related money laundering case as a prosecution witness.
He told Special Judge O.P. Saini that the MP used to visit Mr. Raja’s residential office in Delhi. Kalaignar TV used to give her wide coverage in its news bulletins.
“I used to see Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, a member of Parliament belonging to the DMK, visiting A. Raja at his residential office at Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi, frequently and also she visited his office at Electronics Niketan once,” the witness said.
“Both of them used to talk to each other regularly. Kanimozhi Karunanidhi is the active brain behind the formation of Kalaignar TV. She used to be widely covered in the news bulletins of Kalaignar TV,” the witness further said.
Later in his cross-examination by Rebecca John, counsel for Ms. Kanimozhi, that in the light of the fact that Subramanian Swamy and the BJP had made this case a political issue and he gave his evidence in the case to suit their political game, the witness said that he agreed to the first part but denied the latter.
He also denied that he had been manipulated by Dr. Swamy and the BJP to give false evidence.
Admits political ambitions
However, Mr. Achary admitted that he had political ambitions and was the member of the BJP since April 2014. He further stated that he had sought the blessings of Dr. Swamy when he joined the BJP. He also admitted that he knew Dr. Swamy long before he formally joined the BJP.