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CBI hits wall in Malaysia in Aircel-Maxis case

The probe into the role of former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran in the 2G scam,pertaining to the Aircel-Maxis case,has hit a wall.

The probe into the role of former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran in the 2G scam,pertaining to the Aircel-Maxis case,has hit a wall. The CBI-ED team that visited Malaysia to meet its Attorney General has returned without any documents.

Malaysia authorities had sought clarification from the Indian agencies and after the meeting assured to share details,but no documents were supplied to the CBI-ED team.

The agency is hopeful of getting replies from Malaysia after which they plan to file a chargesheet against Maran and others. “Our team met the Malaysian authorities and gave replies to their queries. The authorities there were satisfied with the details and sought more time to reply to the LRs,” said a senior CBI official.

Though the team said they got cooperation in Malaysia,even after a year since the CBI registered its case against Maran,not much has been disclosed by the Malaysian authorities,leading to delay in filing a chargesheet. The CBI maintained that due to overseas investigation,they have not been able to conclude the probe. The agency has sought details of money trail in the Aircel-Maxis case; it involves Kuala Lumpur-based influential business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan. Maran has been accused of “forcing” Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran to sell his stake in Aircel to Maxis Group,owned by Ananda Krishnan. Besides,Krishnan and Maran,the CBI has also named director of Astro Networks Ralph Marshall. In its LRs to Malaysia,the CBI has sought to question Krishnan.