CBI files indictment against A Raja in disproportionate assets case

The CBI has filed an indictment against DMK leader A Raja for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 5.53 crore during his tenure as Union minister, officials said.

In its indictment filed in a special CBI court in Chennai, the agency alleged that a close associate of Raja, C Krishnamurthy, set up a company Kovai Shelters Promoters in January 2007 in which a payment of Rs 4 .56 crore had been received in February that year from a Gurugram-based real estate company as commission for the purchase of land in Kanchipuram, they said.

It is alleged that the payment was not for the land deal but consideration for giving the property company the status of an infrastructure company by Raja during his tenure as Union Minister, they said.

In the indictment filed in August this year, the CBI alleged that the company had not “undertaken any other real estate activity” other than the alleged land transaction for the real estate company.

The company then purchased agricultural land in Coimbatore.

The agency alleged that as minister, Raja had accumulated assets worth Rs 5.53 crore, including payment of Rs 4.56 crore to the company in which Raja’s close relatives were administrators, which he could not satisfactorily account for, they said.

The CBI alleged that the assets in question were 579% disproportionate to its known sources of income, they said.

The agency had registered the case in 2015 against Raja and 16 others, including his nephew Parmesh, his wife Parameswari, his associate Krishnamurthy who is also a director of Kovai Shelters Pvt Limited, wife of Sadiq Basha, an alleged associate of Raja who s was committed suicide, and Reha Banu, director of Greenhouse Promoters, which was previously owned by Basha, among others.

The CBI had also hired Raja, a former telecoms minister, in the 2G spectrum allocation case, but he was acquitted by a special court as the agency failed to prove the corruption charges. brought against him.

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