Last year, his daughter Kanimozhi was named as co-accused by the CBI for allegedly accepting a Rs 214-crore bribe that was a part of India's largest swindle, the 2G scam. She was arrested on May 20 after her bail plea was rejected by a Delhi court.
Sounding almost crestfallen after his daughter Kanimozhi's arrest, Karunanidhi had said, "I am in a position like any other father who has a daughter and was arrested for no fault of hers."
Kanimozhi is largely believed to be his favourite child. She has also been called her father's literary heir, the one that shares a love of poetry with him.