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CBI has proof to file charges in Aircel-Maxis deal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 10, 2013
First Published: 00:11 IST(10/10/2013) | Last Updated: 02:10 IST(10/10/2013)

Despite the Malaysian authorities delaying response to the court-approved request for assistance in probe or letter rogatory, the CBI has gathered enough evidence to file a chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal in which former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his businessman brother Kalanidhi Maran are accused.
The probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal was initiated by the CBI after entrepreneur C Sivasankaran alleged that Dayanidhi Maran as telecom minister between 2004 and 2007 deliberately delayed grant of license to his telecom firm Aircel in seven circles to ensure its exit from the business by constricting its business environment. But when Malaysia-based Maxis group bought Aircel, it’s applications for licences and other approvals were accepted.


Sivasankaran also alleged that after the change of ownership, Malaysian group Maxis invested in Dayanidhi’s brother Kalanidhi Maran’s company Sun Direct TV Private Limited at a premium of around `550 crore. Maxis is owned by Malaysian businessman T Anand Krishna.

According to sources, the CBI had sent letter rogatory to Malaysia to seek more information about the investment made by the Maxis group in Sun Direct TV.

“A response on letter rogatory was received from Malaysian authorities. After examining it, the CBI sought further information but we are yet to get to reply on that,” said a CBI official requesting anonymity.

Investigators say their probe into the deal in India is complete and on the basis of evidence gathered so far a chargesheet can be filed.

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