Aircel-Maxis deal case: CBI chargesheets Maran brothers

The charge sheet was filed before Special CBI Judge O P Saini who fixed it for consideration on September 11.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:August 29, 2014 5:22 pm
Besides the Maran brothers, the CBI has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Ralph Marshall, a top executive and four companies. Besides the Maran brothers, the CBI has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Ralph Marshall, a top executive and four companies.

Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi Maran and six others, including four companies, were today chargesheeted by the CBI in a special court in the Aircel-Maxis deal case arising out of the investigation in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Besides the Maran brothers, the CBI has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Ralph Marshall, a top executive and four companies, including Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd and Malaysia’s Maxis Communication Berhad, as accused in the case.

They have been chargesheeted for the offences punishable under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The charge sheet was filed before Special CBI Judge O P Saini who fixed it for consideration on September 11.

Former Telecom Secretary J S Sharma, who has died, has also been named in the charge sheet. However, his name has been put in a column of the accused against whom trial cannot proceed.

South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd, Mauritius, and ASTRO All Asia Network plc have also been named as accused in the charge sheet.

It was filed a day after the Supreme Court turned down the plea of Dayanidhi Maran seeking to restrain CBI from filing the charge sheet, saying that investigation in the case is still going on.

CBI, in the Supreme Court, had alleged that Maran had “forced” Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran to sell the stake in Aircel to Malaysian firm Maxis Group in 2006 owned by Ananda Krishnan.

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    Aarkay
    Aug 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    We only hope, actions do not end up with issuing statements alone as it was the case during the UPA regime and culprits whoever they're, are put behind the bars and the money lost due to their ulterior, clandestine moves and motives is brought back. After all, BJP govt. doesn't need any one's favour or support to run the government, let the culprits be booked and let the law of the land take its course (but, let the judgement be delivered in an year). When to save a lakh or two seems a herculean task for most of us, how come these people make money 50, 100 fold within years and aculate wealth and keep buying everything under "sun"?
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    Kaluvehalli Shivashankar
    Aug 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    Is CBI recover "Free Calls " Bills supplied to SUN TV and other networks , when the duo are done heavy losses to state exchequers and appointed unqualified consultants and contractors, in Telecom Division.
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    ramdas
    Aug 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    How the Marans took over e jet and which money pla it's part is well known. Clandestine deals were struck in UPA1& 2 under Sonia who looked the other way. Now BJP has been given a full term mandate there should be no hurdles in throwing these scoundrels behind bars.
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