Aircel-Maxis case: Special CBI court issues bailable warrants against Malaysian accused

The Special CBI court decides to split the Aircel-Maxis case trial in between the accused who are already appearing before the court and those who are not appearing


A file photo of CBI headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Hindustan Times
A file photo of CBI headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Hindustan Times

New Delhi: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Saturday issued open bailable warrants against two Malaysian nationals, T. Ananda Krishnan and Augustus Ralph Marshall, who are accused in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.

The court also decided to split the trial in the case between other accused who are already appearing before the court, including former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran, and those who are not appearing before the court, such as the two Malysian accused.

The investigating agency had approached the court seeking issue of arrest warrants as summons had not been served on them.

It had told special judge, O.P Saini that it would seek a red corner notice against the accused after arrest warrants had been issued.

The case arises out of irregularities in the Aircel-Maxis deal of 2006, when Malaysian company Maxis Communication Berhad had acquired 74% stake in Aircel.

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It has been alleged that then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran had forced Aircel owner C. Sivasankaran to transfer his ownership to Maxis Communications Berhad in 2006.

The Malaysian company, in return, invested in Kalanithi Maran’s Sun Direct, the direct-to-home TV arm of his Sun TV Network Ltd.

Besides the Maran brothers, T. Ananda Krishnan and Augustus Ralph Marshall, the court had also summoned four companies — Sun Direct TV Pvt. Ltd, Maxis Communication Bhd, South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd and Astro All Asia Network Plc. — as accused in the case.

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