Powerful person impeding Aircel-Maxis inquiry : CBI

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    Powerful person impeding Aircel-Maxis inquiry, says CBI to Supreme Court

    New Delhi: The CBI today said that a politically and financially powerful person based in Malaysia is interfering with its investigation into the purchase of telecom Aircel by a Malaysian company named Maxis.

    After examining the CBI's report today, the Supreme Court said "Prime facie, there appears to be a nexus."

    That's an ominous observation for DMK leader and former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, who is at the centre of the CBI's inquiry. He has been accused of misusing his office to pressure the former owner of Aircel to sell the firm to Maxis, owned by an entrepreneur named T Ananda Krishnan. In return, 500 crores was allegedly invested by Maxis into a group of firms owned by Mr Maran's brother, Kalanithi.

    In 2006, when Mr Maran was Telecom Minister, Aircel was sold to Maxis, owned by Malaysian entrepreneur T Ananda Krishnan. Aircel's then owner, C Sivasankaran, has alleged that he was coerced into the transaction.

    He says that Mr Maran kept vital licenses and clearances pending till he finally caved in and agreed to sell his firm. Within weeks of that transaction, he said, Maxis received the licenses that had been held up.

    The CBI is also verifying whether Maxis as a quid pro quo then invested 500 crores into Sun Direct TV in Tamil Nadu, owned by Mr Maran's brother, Kalanithi.

    The CBI was assigned the case in 2011. Its officers told the Supreme Court today that while their inquiry in India has been completed, it is still trying to collect information in Malaysia and Mauritius. The agency says that officials in Malaysia are proving to be unhelpful.

    Mr Maran's party, the DMK, has been battered by the telecom scam -three party leaders have been tarred. A Raja, who succeeded Mr Maran as telecom minister in 2008, has been accused of twisting a first-come-first-serve policy for cellphone network licenses to push his favourite firms to the head of the queue. The CBI says one of those firms paid Mr Raja a hefty kickback, which was routed to a TV channel in Chennai owned party by M Kanimozhi, the daughter of DMK chief A Karunanidhi. Both Mr Raja and she spent close to a year in jail are being tried for corruption and conspiracy.

    Powerful person impeding Aircel-Maxis inquiry, says CBI to Supreme Court | NDTV.com
     
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    May have to close case against Dayanidhi Maran, Malaysia concealing facts, says CBI

    New Delhi: The CBI has told the Supreme Court that it may have to close its corruption case against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran because it has not found evidence in India of a kickback or quid pro quo to the politician in the sale of telecom firm Aircel to the Maxis Group in 2006. The agency said that if Malaysia does not supply more information, it may have to file a closure report - a declaration that it has ended its enquiry.

    The CBI says that though it has completed its enquiry in India and Mauritius, vital information from Malaysia is not being made available. Yesterday, the agency told the court its investigation was being impeded by a Malaysian with financial and political muscle.

    Last year, the CBI filed a case against Mr Maran for misusing his office in 2006 to force the sale of cellphone operator Aircel to Maxis, owned by T Ananda Krishnan. In return, the CBI claimed, the Malaysian group invested nearly Rs.600 crores in the Sun TV Group, owned by Mr Maran's brother, Kalanithi.

    C Sivasankaran, who owned Aircel at the time, has said that Mr Maran ensured the telecom was not given critical licenses as a pressure tactic by Mr Maran. After he eventually caved in, he claims, Aircel received clearances at lightening-speed.

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court judges said after examining the CBI's latest report on the case that "prima facie, there appears to be a case of nexus."

    After today's court hearing, the CBI said that it had not meant to suggest that it was giving up on the case. Officials said they had just wanted to stress that cooperation from Malaysia is vital.

    Mr Maran's party, the DMK, has been battered by the telecom scam - three party leaders have been tarred. A Raja, who succeeded Mr Maran as Telecom Minister in 2008, has been accused of twisting a first-come-first-serve policy for cellphone network licenses to push his favourite firms to the head of the queue. The CBI says one of those firms paid Mr Raja a hefty kickback, which was routed to a TV channel in Chennai owned party by M Kanimozhi, the daughter of DMK chief Karunanidhi. Both Mr Raja and she spent close to a year in jail are being tried for corruption and conspiracy.

    May have to close case against Dayanidhi Maran, Malaysia concealing facts, says CBI | NDTV.com
     
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    It seems Mr. Dayanidhi Maran is going to go scot-free for the lack of effort of CBI and the government.
     
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    Correction, He is gonna walk free, just like every corrupt politicians, thanks to the electorate and not because of incompetent CBI or Corrupt govt
     

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