ED summons Maran brothers next week

More than a month after the Enforcement Directorate registered a case of money laundering against Maran brothers in connection with Aircel-Maxis deal in the 2G spectrum allocation case,the agency summoned former Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran to appear before it on March 20 and 21

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:March 16, 2012 3:57 am

More than a month after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a case of money laundering against Maran brothers in connection with Aircel-Maxis deal in the 2G spectrum allocation case,the agency summoned former Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran to appear before it on March 20 and 21.

The agency asked the brothers to furnish bank account details,the investments made in Sun TV owned by the Marans and the company’s contract with the Malaysia-based Maxis group. Marans are also being investigated by the CBI,which registered an FIR last year and carried out searches.

The ED is probing the role of Marans for allegedly favouring Maxis by granting telecom licence to Aircel in 2006-07.

The case by ED has been registered under stringent sections of PMLA and FEMA where Marans are alleged to have received illegal gratification of Rs 550 crore from the Maxis group. Under the provisions of the PMLA,the ED can attach the properties of Sun TV and Marans.

Sources in the ED said they had obtained from the Department of Telecommunication all the documents related to the Aircel-Maxis deal. Maran,who resigned last year as minister after the telecom scam,is under the CBI-ED scanner for favouring the Malaysian firm Maxis Communication.

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