New Delhi: The ground seems to be getting swampier for DMK patriarch Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi. After being named by the CBI in its chargesheet in 2G spectrum case, she might have to bear the brunt of another criminal proceeding against her with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) planning to charge her in the case. 

Sources in the ED suggest it is planning to name the DMK MP in its chargesheet in the money laundering case.

According to a senior ED official, under Section 3 of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA), encouraging money laundering is also a criminal act. Hence, Kanimozhi, who has been charged of being a co-conspirator in routing the 2G money in Kalaignar TV through DB Realty, is likely to face the music.

“Under the PMLA, if convicted, a person is likely to face seven years of imprisonment,” the official added.

However, the ED has decided not to seize the assets of Kalaignar TV as the channel has paid back the alleged bribery amount (Rs 200 crore) along with interest to Shahid Balwa owned DB Realty Group.

The ED, however, may seize the assets of DB Realty Group as it took back the amount from the channel, in which Kanimozhi owns 20 percent stake.

The CBI in its report had given enough evidence to prove that the Rs 200 crore, routed to Kalaignar TV, was paid as a kickback against allotment of 2G spectrum.

The CBI in its chargesheet had spared Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who holds a majority stake (60 per cent) in the Kalaignar TV, on the premise that she is a ‘sleeping partner’ in the channel.

JPN/Bureau