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Updated: February 9, 2012 01:24 IST

Money-laundering case against Marans

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Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran. File photo
The Hindu Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran. File photo

A money-laundering case has been registered against the former Union Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, and his brother and Sun TV managing director Kalanidhi Maran by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

The case, registered on Tuesday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), pertains to an alleged illegal gratification of about Rs. 550 crore received by the Maran brothers in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

Mr. Dayanidhi Maran resigned from the Cabinet last year after allegations surfaced that he favoured Malaysian firm Maxis in the grant of telecom licences in 2004-05.

Mr. Maran, however, denied the allegations.

The CBI is probing Mr. Kalanidhi Maran too in connection with these charges.

The ED is also investigating the alleged contravention of foreign exchange rules in the Aircel-Maxis deal, as it registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), which is equivalent to FIR (First Information Report).

The ED has registered another case in the 2G scam that pertains to the NDA regime. It has named the former Telecom Secretary, Shyamal Ghosh, the former Deputy Director-General in the Telecom Ministry, J.R. Gupta, and a few telecom companies for alleged irregularities in the grant of additional 2G spectrum in 2001-03.

The ED will now record the statements of the individuals named in the ECIR.

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Whether people will come of the truth and guilty will be punished as per law,constitution and
democracy will prevail

from:  Pssrinivasan
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 16:33 IST

Any guess what happened to Investigation on Maran regarding Private exchange. Even Media also forgot it. Did it find anything against Maran.
Goverment agencies' investigation may not find anything out of this case finally. Public money will be saved atleast if CBI or ED will not work on this case just as on Private exchange scam.

from:  P Yeswant
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 17:02 IST

I would suggest rather leave them from the case. Because I do not see any proper system in place to check erring officials and cabinet members. Filing a case against these people will not make any difference. They know how to come out of the case as well. Nothing useful is going to happen except waste expenditure from the exchequer.

from:  Sundararaj
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 13:35 IST

What we have is a pathetic law enforcement system, its impossible to believe it takes so many months to file a case against these two and what is more foolish is that after looting 550 crores they are still at large, what a country, what a constitution and what a democracy.

from:  xavier surender
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 11:10 IST

Nothing will come out of this. The CBI has allowed the notorious duo to cover their tracks. The private telephone exchange issue seems to be buried deep. When the CBI made the discovery in 2009, what did it do? Kept quiet, being in eternal wait and over and above this, it claims to be independent. Another Bofors innings.

from:  Dr S Srinivasan
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 06:17 IST
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