The Central Bureau of Investigation moved a special CBI court to issue arrest warrants against Malaysia-based companies and individuals summoned as accused in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
The CBI told the court that several attempts were made to serve summons to the companies in Malaysia but none of the accused have appeared since 2014.
We have followed the procedure under India’s Bilateral treaty with Malaysia to serve summons to the accused. However, the summonses are lying on Malaysia’s Attorney General’s table. They haven’t reached the accused yet.
Anand Grover, Senior Public Prosecutor to the special CBI court
The special CBI court was set up to hear 2G scam-related cases.
The court took cognizance of chargesheets filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in the Aircel-Maxis case earlier this year.
The CBI Special Judge OP Saini summoned former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and others in February this year. The Maran brothers were summoned following a chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate in the money-laundering case related to the Aircel-Maxis deal.
The ED claimed transactions worth Rs 742.58 crore between South Asia FM Ltd., allegedly controlled by Kalanithi Maran and Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd., as “proceeds of crime.”
The CBI filed its chargesheet in August 2014 against Dayanidhi and Kalanithi Maran, Malaysian businessman T Ananda Krishnan, and five others. The chargesheet named Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanidhi Maran as accused and levelled charges of criminal conspiracy, abuse of official position, and bribery.
Other accused in the case include owner of Maxis, T Ananda Krishnan, and Ralph Marshall, senior executive of Maxis Group.
The CBI also named companies – Sun Direct TV, Astro All Asia Network, Maxis Communication Berhed Malaysia, and South Asia Entertainment Holdings Ltd. Mauritius – as accused in the case.
Alleging that Dayanidhi Maran pressurised Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran to sell his stake in Aircel and Malaysian group’s two subsidiary firms in 2006, CBI urged the special court to decide the matter.
Marans and other accused have filed bail applications in court. The special CBI judge will hear arguments on whether the court has the jurisdiction to hear the Aircel-Maxis case on August 27. The judge will also consider bail applications filed by the accused and CBI’s plea for arrest warrants on the same day.