2G case: Maran 'pressurised' Sivasankaran to sell his companies, says CBI
Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran had 'pressurised' and 'forced' Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in Aircel and two subsidiary firms to Malaysian firm Maxis Group in 2006, the CBI today told a special court.
New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran had "pressurised" and "forced" Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in Aircel and two subsidiary firms to Malaysian firm Maxis Group in 2006, the CBI today told a special court.
"Accused number one (Dayanidhi Maran) forced Sivasankaran to sell his companies. He (Sivasankaran) sold his three firms to Malaysia's Maxis Communication Berhad, accused number six," the CBI told Special Judge O P Saini during arguments on consideration of charge sheet filed in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
The CBI had on 29 August filed the charge sheet in the case against Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi Maran and six others, including four firms.
During the arguments today, senior public prosecutor K K Goel told the court, "In this case, seller (Sivasankaran) was the victim as he was not allowed to do his business by Dayanidhi Maran."
He said, "Several issues relating to Sivasankaran's firms were kept pending by Dayanidhi Maran, who was the then Telecom Minister, and no decision was being taken on them.
"There was strangulation of these three companies and they were unable to perform their business," the agency said.
It said that as soon as Maxis Group bought Sivasankaran's firms, all the pending issues were cleared by Dayanidhi Maran giving undue benefit to the Malaysian company.
"If accused number one (Dayanidhi) had cleared all the issues and had given licences and spectrum to Sivasankaran's firms, then Maxis Group would have had to pay much more to buy the companies," it claimed.
Besides the Maran brothers, the CBI has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Augustus Ralph Marshall and four firms--Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd, Maxis Communication Berhad, Astro All Asia Network PLC and South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd--as accused in the case.
They have been chargesheeted for the offences punishable under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The court, after hearing the submissions advanced by the prosecutor today, fixed the matter for further arguments on September 22.
CBI has booked Army officer Lt Col Abhishek Chandra for alleged corruption and bribery from different private suppliers in connivance with field officers in procurement of ration and other material for department, canteen and stores
The arrested accused were identified as Sumit Gupta, Pardeep Rana, Ankur Kumar and Akash Ahlawat. All the accused are sub-inspector posted in CBI Delhi
The searches were conducted late Thursday night at the bureaucrat's residence in Gandhinagar and some other premises in Surat as well as at his native place in Andhra Pradesh