COIMBATORE: The DMK on Sunday condemned the CBI and accused it of acting in a partisan manner, apparently angered by the continued incarceration of Kanimozhi, daughter of the party president M Karunanidhi and an accused in the 2G scandal.
“Kanimozhi, who holds 20 per cent shares in Kalaignar TV and its managing director Sharad Kumar have been kept in jail for long, against the principles of natural justice,” a resolution passed at the general council read. However, there was no mention of the party’s propaganda secretary and former Union Telecom minister A Raja, who has been in jail for an even longer period.
“Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, former Law Minister Veerappa Moily, BJP leaders Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha have all voiced their resentment over detaining an accused for a prolonged period without being convicted. Even Justice O P Saini, who is hearing the case, had questioned the CBI’s mindset that an accused should remain in jail even during the prosecution,” the resolution said.
However, in the evening, Karunanidhi claimed that the party had not blamed the CBI as an organisation, but only hit out at officers of the CBI who were functioning with an “ulterior motive.”
Meanwhile, in a string of resolutions, the party criticised the State government for seeking to put on hold the implementation of Uniform School Education system, abolition of Anna Universities of Technology, shifting the Secretariat to Fort St George and stopping the work at the new Secretariat.
In another resolution, the general council demanded that action be taken against those members of political parties who were involved in land grabbing, and also called for restoration of poromboke lands in Siruthavur to the Dalit owners. Party treasurer Stalin urged the functionaries to gear up for a major protest as the DMK men were booked under “false charges” of land grabbing. “We should get into direct action and be prepared for a jail bharo agitation,” he allegedly said.
The DMK urged the Centre to immediately intervene and stop the Kerala’s attempt to build a new dam across Mullaiperiyar river. It also wanted judicial proceedings in HCs to be conducted in all official languages.