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CBI likely to take a call on Maran in 20 days

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The CBI will soon take a call on whether a case has been made out against Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. File photo
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The CBI will soon take a call on whether a case has been made out against Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. File photo

Sivasankaran has given list of witnesses and documents: CBI sources

A day after recording the statement of the former Aircel owner, C. Sivasankaran, in connection with the ongoing probe into the 2G spectrum allocation during 2001-2007, the Central Bureau of Investigation indicated on Tuesday that it would take a final call in about 20 days on whether a case has been made out against Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran who held the Telecom portfolio from May 2004 to May 2007.

Highly placed CBI sources said Mr. Sivasankaran had submitted a list of witnesses and documents to CBI officials in support of his allegations that mainly relate to the period when Mr. Maran was Union Telecom Minister. “We have to examine all the documents and see if this can be converted into a full fledged case,'' the sources explained.

As Mr. Maran is a Union Minister, the CBI would need to take permission from the Central government under Section 6 (A) of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act before conducting investigation against him for alleged offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The sources said the CBI would also take into account Mr. Maran's statements denying allegations of “arm twisting'' Aircel. The sources said it would take about three weeks for the process of verification to be completed and documents to be scrutinised.

The CBI had registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in January for the 2001-2007 period, on the directions of the Supreme Court, to ascertain if there were any violations of the telecom policy or ulterior motives involved in the grant of licences during that period.

As part of the ongoing probe, Mr.Sivasankaran's detailed statement was recorded by the CBI officials at an “undisclosed location'' in New Delhi on Monday.

The sources said Mr. Sivasankaran has levelled “serious charges'' against Mr. Maran. The former Aircel owner is likely to be made a key witness in the PE and his statement could pave the way for the registration of a regular case pertaining to Mr. Maran's tenure as Telecom Minister.

The sources said the Aircel-Maxis deal would be examined by the CBI. Maxis Communications Berhad, a leading Malaysian telecom company that began operations in 1995, acquired a 74 per cent stake in Aircel on March 21, 2006. Sindya Securities and Investments Private Ltd. holds the remaining 26 per cent equity. The former owner of Aircel alleged that he was forced by the then Telecom Minister Mr. Maran to sell his stake to Maxis.

The Justice Shivraj V. Patil Committee report is also being looked into by the CBI. Submitted to the Telecom Ministry earlier this year, the report has found fault with the functioning of Mr. Maran during his tenure as Communications and IT Minister between May 2004 and May 2007.

As reported earlier in The Hindu, the Shivraj Patil committee report had criticised Mr. Maran for not consulting the Telecom Commission, the Telecom Department's decision-making body, and ignoring the Group of Ministers (GoM) while taking crucial policy decisions.

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Why the government is delaying to take custody of Maran. If the corruption proved the Government take over his assets and put him into jail.In future no one try to do corruption. This is the lesson for everybody.

from:  Samariyan
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 22:16 IST

Mr.Sivasankaran's statement is needed only for the case related to arm-twisting.that is not a corruption case. The case against Maran for under/normal selling of spectrum to Maxis in return for kick back has readily available evidence. Even the FDI rules have been flouted. So,its a joke that CBI needs to wait for 20 days.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 21:35 IST

The Govt should act swiftly lest they will lose all evidence. Coalition compulsion and greedy Central Govt in order to hold on to power, lost sight of huge losses to public exchequer.

from:  R. G. Murthy
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 18:40 IST

When two successive Telecom Ministers in the Manmohan Singh government are being accused of corruption, shouldn't the CBI question their boss, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to find out how these Ministers managed to engage in the alleged big time corrupt practices for 2 to 3 years without the PM and his Cabinet not having an inkling about these? Is it not necessary to find out who was preventing information about such corrupt practices from reaching higher-ups in the government hierarchy? The way the CBI is going about with the 2G scam investigation, it would seem that such questions do not bother it.Therefore the possibility of defence lawyers tearing the depositions of prosecution witnesses and prosecution arguments in the trial court to pieces cannot be ruled out.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 16:26 IST

CBI, why you need so many days? By this time you must have information on Marans

from:  Murali
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 16:00 IST

20 days!. But not even 1 day given for the innocent people who attended Baba Ramdev's fasting.

from:  Prabhakaran S
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 15:38 IST

It's good to hear that the top down approach against corruption has started. All these years, the system was talking about bottom up approach, which was to a large extent laughing at oneself. India needs to toe its line, be it telecom sector, mining sector, Oil & Gas sector and for that matter, every other sector. The Govt needs to set a trend of no nonsense approach; & should implement quick & fast actions.

from:  Jacob
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 15:27 IST

I think Indians are really frustrated with the politicians and bureaucrats simply beacause of the mammoth difference in the quality of life and their wealth when compared to the common man. Since this revolution has started , it will be difficult for them to behave in the same way they have been doing noW.

from:  R.Manivarmane
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 15:09 IST

Also CBI has to enquire the links between Dayanithi, Raja, Kanimoli , SUN TV, Kalaignar TV and DMK.

from:  Rathinaraj
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 15:02 IST

No one must be given bail. Court should not forget Sadiq Batch death. He must have been arrested earlier.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 14:31 IST

Indeed it confirms Maran's involvement in the 2G Spectrum Case. How could Maran preserve newspaper clippings of 2003, as an evidence, knowing that he would be questioned in 2011. Whilst Kanimozhi has been denied bail continuously, it becomes imperative for the CBI to issue a chargesheet & take maran into custody to mine out the mega scam the country has ever seen.

from:  Aravind
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 12:01 IST

Why announce and give him time to destroy any evidence? Why so long?

from:  V Ganapat
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 10:43 IST

Days of 'coalition compulsions' are over. Serious charges have been laid against Mr.Dayanidhi Maran. It is common knowledge that anybody in seat of power will try to manipulate and tamper with evidence against him. Prosecutors in the 2G scam are giving Mr.Maran too long a rope. What is the Prime Minister waiting for? If as he always says is for a clean, corruption free administration, he should act swiftly. He should ask Mr. Maran to step down and clear himself. Will he catch the bull by the horns?

from:  K.Venkataraman
Posted on: Jun 8, 2011 at 10:19 IST
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