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Enforcement Directorate To Appeal Against 2G Order

The Enforcement Directorate will appeal against the judgement of the special court that acquitted 19 people in the 2G spectrum allocation money laundering case, officials said.

They said that the agency will study the order and will knock on the doors of the high court armed with their evidence and investigation.

Sources said it has to be seen if the ED case has been rejected by the court merely because the predicate offence probe of Central Bureau of Investigation was rejected or there were other reasons to do so.

The special court of OP Saini acquitted 19 accused, including former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi in the ED’s money laundering case relating to the 2G scam.

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Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, the Special Judge also acquitted Shahid Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, Rajiv Aggarwal, Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Sharad Kumar in connection with the case.

In its charge sheet, the ED had also named DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal as an accused in the case in which it had alleged that Swan Telecom's promoters paid Rs 200 crore to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.

In its final report, the ED had named 10 individuals and nine companies as accused and listed them in the charge sheet for the offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Besides Kalaignar TV, the other companies accused in the case were STPL (now Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd), Kusegaon Realty, Cineyug Media & Entertainment, Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company, Conwood Construction & Developers, DB Realty and Mystical Construction (earlier known as Nihar Constructions).