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Maran-Aircel Maxis case: CBI team to meet Malaysia AG

The CBI on Monday told the Supreme Court that it is sending a team to meet the Malaysian Attorney General next week to trace the elusive money

The CBI on Monday told the Supreme Court that it is sending a team to meet the Malaysian Attorney General next week to trace the elusive money trail in the Maran-Aircel Maxis case,allegedly involving former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and Kuala Lumpur-based business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan.

“The Attorney General of Malaysia has given appointment to the CBI team on March 21 and will discuss the issues contained in the letters rogatory,” senior advocate K K Venugopal,appearing for the CBI,told a Bench led by Justice G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan.

On being asked about the status of the probe into the 2G and its direct off-shoot cases,Venugopal submitted that CBI’s domestic probe was over and it was now investigating with respect to the letter rogatories sent to different countries,including Malayasia.

The Bench also asked the CBI,Enforcement Directorate and I-T Department to respond to the Central Vigilance Commission’s comments on the status reports relating to the probe into the Aircel-Maxis deal,allocation of additional spectrum involving Airtel,Vodafone and others and about the overseas investigation into the 2G scam.

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The court also briefly heard Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy,who has accused Maran of indulging in armtwisting in the sale of the stakes of Aircel to Maxis Group of Malaysia.

Maran has been accused of “forcing” Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran to sell the stake in Aircel to Maxis Group in 2006 owned by Ananda Krishnan. The agency had submitted that overseas probe was important to track the money trail as the funds for the deal had come through Mauritius.