CBI registers case against Maran brothers The Central Bureau of Investigation on Sunday registered a case against former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his elder brother and Managing Director of Sun Network Kalanithi Maran and others in connection with alleged kickbacks in the Aircel-Maxis deal, sources in the agency said. After registering a case against the Maran brothers, Malaysian businessman and owner of Maxis T. Ananda Krishnan and others, the CBIâ€™s Anti-Corruption Branch obtained warrants in a Delhi court and launched simultaneous searches at the residences and offices of the accused persons in Delhi and Chennai since early on Monday. Besides Section 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, Mr. Dayanidhi Maran and others were also booked under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Searches were also underway at the home and office of Sunitha Reddy, Executive Director of Apollo Hospital, in Chennai. Investigators claimed that she had a stake in Aircel. CBI teams arrived late on Sunday and began the searches around 7 a.m., the sources said. The allegation is that Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, during his tenure as the Union Minister for Commnications and Information Technology, deliberately delayed sanction of licences to Aircel thereby forcing the companyâ€™s owner Sivasankaran to sell it to Ananda Krishnan, Chairman, Usaha Tegas, Malaysia. Soon after the deal was struck, the licences were issued. â€œThe case was registered after prima facie offence was made out. For weeks. The agency gathered documentary evidence in connection with the allegations involving the former Union Minister, his brother and others, a CBI official said. Mr. Dayanidhi Maran stepped down as Union Textile Minister in July this year after the CBI submitted a staus report in the Supreme Court that he forced Sivasankaran to sell his stake in Aircel to the Maxis. Ralph Marshall, Director, Astro all-Asia Network, the U.K., and Maxis Communications, has also been charged in the case.