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2G scam: SC to hear Aircel-Maxis case after ED challenges Marans’ acquittal

The Supreme Court will hear the Airtel-Maxis case on Wednesday after a special court acquitted the accused Maran brothers in the 2G scam last week.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2017 09:45 IST
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A special court acquitted the Maran brothers in the 2G scam last week.(File Photo)

The Supreme Court will hear the Aircel-Maxis case on Wednesday after a special court acquitted the accused Maran brothers in the 2G scam last week.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on February 3 had moved the apex court against the special court’s order, which discharged Maran brothers and the other accused without furnishing the bail bond properly.

The ED also urged the court to not release the properties attached in the case.

The Patiala House court discharged former communication minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran after it found insufficient evidence to prosecute them.

Maran brothers were accused by investigating agencies of helping Malaysian group Maxis to acquire Aircel in exchange for a kickback of approximately Rs 700 crore.

The court also discharged Kalanithi’s wife Kavery Kalanithi, South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) managing director K Shanmugam and two companies -- SAFL and Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) in two different cases.

A CBI court, on December 19 last year, had deferred pronouncing its orders against the Maran brothers and others to December 22.

A special 2G court had, in September 17 last year, dismissed the applications filed by the ex-telecom minister and his brother, challenging its jurisdiction to try the Aircel-Maxis deal case in which they have been summoned as accused.

Pronouncing the order, the court had then said, “There is no manner of doubt that by the standard of subject matter and periodicity of alleged crime, the case fairly/squarely falls within the description/ designation of the 2G scam.”

The Maran brothers challenged the jurisdiction of the special 2G court in both cases lodged by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI.

The Enforcement Directorate alleged that two firms, South Asia FM Limited (SAFL) and Sun Direct TV Private Ltd. (SDTPL), had received Rs. 742.58 crore as “proceeds of crime” from Mauritius-based firms and that the two firms were then allegedly controlled by Kalanithi Maran.

First Published: Feb 08, 2017 09:45 IST