The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday chargesheeted former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his entrepreneur brother Kalanithi and four others in its money-laundering probe related to the Aircel-Maxis deal.
The others named in the charge sheet are Kalanithi’s wife Kavery Kalanithi, South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) managing director K Shanmugam and two companies — Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) and SAFL.
Dayanidhi, as telecom minister, is accused of coercing Chennai-based entrepreneur C Sivasankaran into selling his stake in Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis in 2006.
The ED’s money-laundering probe had examined allegations that there was a receipt of illegal gratification amounting to Rs 742.58 crores by Dayanidhi as part of the deal, an ED source said.
“In the case of the Aircel – Maxis Deal, CBI filed charge sheet against the Maran brothers and their companies including the foreign companies and individuals in which these persons are charged for the offences punishable under sections pertaining to criminal conspiracy and the abuse of an
official position by a public servant of the Prevention of Corruption Act,” ED said in a statement on Friday.
“These two companies, SDTPL and SAFL are owned and controlled by Kalanithi Maran, brother of Dayanidhi Maran. The money has been utilized by the companies in their business,” it added.
A city-based special 2G trial court on January 18 will decide over taking cognisance of the charge sheet and has asked the ED to place before it the entire set of case documents.
The ED had last year attached 11 assets in Tamil Nadu allegedly held by the accused, which were equivalent to the amount of the proceeds of the crime
The assets included buildings, land parcels, mutual funds and fixed deposits.
According to a source in the agency, the action was linked to the “proceeds of crime” allegedly received by the Maran brothers.