Centre For Public Interest and Litigation (CPIL) on Tuesday filed an application before the Supreme Court and pointed to the CBI’s failure to initiate action against former union minister Dayanidhi Maran for allegedly coercing the Aircel owner, C Sivasankaran, to sell his company to Malaysian based Maxis Group.
It was on the NGO’s appeal that the SC ordered a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the 2G spectrum scam, leading to the arrest of former union telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi.
In its fresh application, CPIL has requested the court to place more documents on record in support of the allegation against Maran. CPIL’s application comes in wake of a recent CBI admission saying it has found no evidence of coercion against the DMK leader.
Updating the special bench headed by justice GS Singhvi, the CBI had said it was continuing with its probe to gather evidence of quid pro quo against Maran.
“It is unfortunate that CBI has not even registered an FIR in this case and apparently is seeking to close the case,” the NGO claimed, adding that the granting of licence to Aircel during Maran’s tenure was on quid pro quo basis. These allegations have, however, been denied by Maran.
CPIL also sought to bring the Videocon group within the ambit of CBI probe. The NGO alleged that one of the group companies was a major beneficiary of spectrum allocation during former telecom minister A Raja’s tenure.