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Updated: September 29, 2011 01:30 IST

FIR against Dayanidhi Maran soon: CBI

J. Venkatesan
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The CBI on Wednesday told the Supreme Court it would file an FIR against the former Union Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, in the next few days. File photo
PTI The CBI on Wednesday told the Supreme Court it would file an FIR against the former Union Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, in the next few days. File photo

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday submitted in the Supreme Court it would file a first information report (FIR) against the former Union Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, in the next few days in the case relating to the sale of Aircel to the Malaysia-based Maxis Group as there was enough evidence in the preliminary enquiry (PE).

Senior counsel K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the CBI, gave this information in the status report submitted to the court in a sealed cover. He read out the relevant portions before a Bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and A.K. Ganguly hearing the 2G spectrum case.

Mr. Venugopal said the CBI was in the process of converting the PE into an FIR in the next few days. Offences such as undue favour and quid pro quo would be included in the FIR against Mr. Maran and others. Letters rogatory (LRs) were sent to Mauritius.

Meanwhile, an application filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan of the Centre for Public Interest Litigation alleged that Mr. Maran, who resigned as Textiles Minister, had “arm-twisted” Aircel owner C. Sivasankaran to sell his 74 per cent stake to the Maxis group of Malaysia. It explained how the Chennai-based Aircel was applying with the Department of Telecommunications for UAS licences from March 2004.

The application said Mr. Maran, as Telecom Minister, delayed the award of licences to the company by raising irrelevant issues. As on March 3, 2006, 14 applications from Aircel were pending in the DoT for licences. Mr. Sivasankaran wrote to Mr. Maran several times to resolve these issues, but nothing moved.

A harassed Sivasankaran was forced to sell Aircel, the application said. In March 2006, the Maxis group, owned by Malaysian business tycoon T. Ananda Krishnan, bought 74 per cent stake. The company got the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approval in May 2006. In November 2006, the DoT issued 14 LoIs (Letters of Intent) to Aircel, and all of them were converted into licences in December 2006.

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Actually I would say those who elect such people should be properly taught and make them understand the value of voting....it is not just the about money or mother tongue or religion or cast...we decide who to rule...so we the citizens of India also have equal responsibility in our government.

from:  subin
Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 at 15:56 IST

Supreme Court must pursue this case to the logical conclusion no matter what -- happy to hear the news that CBI will book Maran soon.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 at 15:50 IST

Truth will always win. That day has come. Our advance wishes to Suprement court to get correct judgement on these cases and on the politicians. We are paving good road, morality etc to the next generation

from:  Chandrasekaran
Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 at 13:46 IST

Many more names are yet to be revealed,on the one hand Planning Commission has revamped its standard of poverty on the other hand these big fish of corruption are still free.Justice delayed is justice denied.The people of India are waiting for the justice.

from:  Gautam Sachdev
Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 at 13:10 IST

Should Maran brothers be convicted as per the EU or the US laws, they will be tried and sentenced for more than life in just a few months. Madoff in the US and Ramalinga Raju cases are talking examples. Had any other aam admi could have done hat the Marans have done DMK would have taken the law in its own hand. Sadiq Basha is the talking example. What is strange is that Raja as taken in preventive custody only on prima-facie evidences and rightly so, while the Marans are let free until FIR filed!? What the Marans have done, in all fronts, is murdering the trust of the people. Dayanidhi has butchered the verdict people gave him. He should be forthwith be removed the title of MP. SO as Raja and Kani, The longer it takes it is a blasphemy to the very symbol of the institutions. Let us not hide behind the concept of presumption of innocence. Extraordinary situations merit extraordinary measures. This is one such exceptional case. People should understand and refrain from electing looters .

from:  RAM France
Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 at 12:57 IST

These are serious allegations. Surely the term "Conflict of Interest" is lost on our politicians and bureaocrats.Either they dont understand the term or they pretend not understanding it. Maran's family is one of the richest in India,yet they want to use any business opportunity that comes their way.Using a PUBLIC office to advance one's own business interests is a serious crime in other countries.

from:  Ragavendran Sethumadhavan
Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 at 12:15 IST

These are serious allegations. Surely the term "Conflict of Interest" is lost on our politicians and bureaocrats.Either they dont understand the term or they pretend not understanding it. Maran's family is one of the richest in India,yet they want to use any business opportunity that comes their way, hook or crook.Using a pubic office to advance one's own business interests is a serious crime in other countries.

from:  Ragavendran Sethumadhavan
Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 at 10:34 IST

People like this steal the opportunity from Aaam Aadmi, and unfortunately, these politicians are elected by the Aaam Aadmi. If there is anything called soul - these guys were not given one. Newspapers can play a grater role in cultivating talent that can run the country for the good of Aaam Aadmi. It may take time, however, as they say, "There is light at the end of the tunnel". Nice going..

from:  Jay
Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 at 02:51 IST
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